The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is currently in the process of adjudicating tenders worth R6.43 billion, with the aim of awarding them in early 2024. The move comes as a significant effort to jumpstart economic activity and create employment opportunities.

Reginald Demana, Sanral’s Chief Executive Officer, revealed that the 77 tenders for various road construction projects were advertised under the road agency’s Interim Preferential Procurement Policy (PPP) at the end of November 2023. The submission period closed on 14 December, and the adjudication process is well underway.

Demana emphasized the commitment of Sanral to fulfill promises made to the South African public, highlighting the agency’s dedication to getting the construction industry back on track after disruptions caused by court challenges to the PPP adopted in May 2023.

“While the rest of South Africa is winding down for the festive season, Sanral is working hard to get South Africa’s construction industry off to a flying start in the New Year,” said Demana. He noted that officials are working through the holidays to ensure a swift and efficient adjudication process.

The decision to withdraw the PPP adopted in May 2023 came after facing legal challenges from construction companies. Sanral subsequently initiated a countrywide consultation process to adopt an interim PPP, which served as the basis for the 77 tenders currently under consideration.

Demana assured that Sanral is focused on making up for lost time by reissuing 86 less complex consulting and construction tenders that were canceled and subsequently re-advertised in November.

A staggering 1,040 bids were received for the 77 tenders, underscoring the significance of Sanral projects in the construction industry. The bids were distributed across various regions, with notable numbers for national contracts and regions like the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western regions.

“We are encouraged and, at the same time, humbled by this overwhelming response. It also tells us that the numerous engagements we had with interested and affected parties across the country have paved the way for more effective collaboration with all our stakeholders in the industry,” remarked Demana.

Despite the official shutdown period for the construction sector from December 14, 2023, to January 9, 2024, Sanral’s Routine Road Maintenance teams remain on standby to respond to any incidents on the national road network. This proactive approach reflects Sanral’s dedication to ensuring the smooth operation and safety of the country’s road infrastructure during the holiday season.