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Sanral repaired almost 300% more roads in 2023 than in 2021

Responding to a parliamentary QnA, the minister of transport Sindisiwe Chikunga revealed that the total number of kilometres of national roads that were resurfaced has increased exponentially over the past few years.

In the 2021/2022 financial year, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) resurfaced only 449km of national roads, and in the 2022/2023 period, this increased to 688km.

Year-to-date in the 2023/2024 period, Sanral has already resurfaced 1,308km of roads, an impressive 291% more than two years ago.

In total, this covers over 10% of the approximately 23,000km of primarily intercity and economic roads that Sanral is responsible for managing and maintaining.

In its 2022 condition assessment, the agency admitted that 8.38% of the roads under its jurisdiction were in poor to very poor condition, Engineering News reported, suggesting that it has now taken care of a majority of these problematic routes.

77 tenders in the pipeline

Towards the tail end of 2023, Sanral put forward 77 tenders for various road construction projects to the tune of R6.43 billion, which will all be awarded in early 2024, said CEO Reginald Demana.

The application window was open from the last weeks of November until 14 December, during which time Sanral received 1,040 bids for various projects across the country.

The breakdown of the bids was as follows:

  • 279 bids for the Northern Region (Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North-West) – Estimated value of R548 million
  • 247 bids for the Eastern Region (Free State and KwaZulu-Natal) – Estimated value of R2.1 billion
  • 240 bids for the Southern Region (Eastern Cape) – Estimated value of R2.83 billion
  • 150 bids for the Western Region (Northern Cape and Western Cape) – Estimated value of R600 million
  • 124 bids for national contracts – Estimated value of R350 million

“We understand the role that construction and infrastructure development plays in the construction industry and we are determined to overcome the disruptions which resulted from court challenges to our PPP adopted in May 2023,” said Demana.

“We are squarely focussed on developing, maintaining, and improving the national road network in line with our mandate from government.”

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