02 July 2020


SANRAL empowers small businesses

by: Masego Seema   date: 03 August 2018

The development and engagement of communities by SANRAL
has become a key priority
over the past few years. As part of its new approach on how
it does business, SANRAL returned to
Bokone Bophirima in mid-July to again engage local government structures,
traditional and community leadership,
SMME’s, youth and women’s organisations in the agricultural town of Vryburg.
This is part of SANRAL’s efforts to transform the built industry by taking bold
steps to ensure inclusive participation
of black South Africans in opportunities generated by the roads agency’s annual
financial investment in the construction and related industries.
“Our message is simple: we are committed to engaging, consulting and partnering
with our stakeholders to ensure
that there is a positive impact on everyone affected by the work we do,” said
newly appointed SANRAL Northern Region Manager, Progress Hlahla.
During the 2016/17 financial year, SANRAL awarded 172 contracts nationally
- worth R16 billion - for new projects.
SMMEs earned a total of R4 billion, with
more than R2 million going to 1045 black
owned businesses. The national roads agency currently manages around 13% (2 598km) of
roads in the province and has made considerable
impact on infrastructure development with various projects at different
stages. One such project is the rehabilitation of the R34 road envisaged to make
for more convenient mobility. This road is an important connector in the province’s
road network providing an alternative for the heavy industrial traffic between Sishen
and Gauteng.
SANRAL’s Deputy Regional Manager, Solly Kganyago, said: “For us there is
no question about the empowerment of locals. Although we are in the business
of building roads, we have the mammoth task of building a better South Africa for
everybody. This starts with earmarking opportunities for small businesses and  residents of communities under our jurisdiction.”
Using the R34 project as an example, Project Manager, Palesa Monamodi, said
so far 217 local labourers have been employed and accredited training on basic
computer skills, road safety, basic fire fighting, first aid, health and safety, wacker
usage and flagmen have been provided.

Fifteen small local companies have been sub-contracted on the project.
The agency is looking into packaging future projects in aid of the drive for
better inclusion of companies owned by black people, youth, women, people with
disabilities, black people living in rural areas, underdeveloped areas or townships
and military veterans.