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South Africa's government is making changes to its roads in order to create more jobs.

The Department of Transport intends to implement more "labor-intensive" practices for road projects in South Africa in order to increase job creation throughout the country.

The department stated in its annual report, which was submitted to parliament this week, that this would include partnerships with poor communities, which could be used for routine road maintenance and construction activities through a 'household contractors program.'

The road is divided into various (small) work packages and then assigned to household contractors in accordance with the program. As a result, each community can take responsibility for its own work package, and individuals can be compensated for their services while roads are kept in good condition."

"Investing in the road sub-sector will help make a significant contribution to reducing maintenance backlogs, creating jobs, and addressing industry transformation through supplier development," it said.

Sanral, the entity in charge of managing, maintaining, and developing the majority of South Africa's roads, currently has a national network of 22,253 kilometers.

During the fiscal year under review, the entire Sanral network was subjected to routine maintenance, with some sections of the network also resurfaced, strengthened, improved, and/or newly laid. These projects generated a total of 6,063 jobs, which was lower than expected due to the pandemic's impact.

"To promote transformation in the road construction and maintenance sector, Sanral ensured that 8% of contracts, representing 77 percent of contract value, were awarded to companies with a majority ownership of black people." "Black women held 12 percent of all contracts among black-owned businesses," according to the department.

"During the review period, approximately 5% of the provincial road network was subjected to rehabilitation, maintenance, resurfacing, resealing, blacktop patching, blading, and re-gravelling in accordance with the provincial road maintenance program."

According to the department, over 200,000 job opportunities were created, with some of them going to women, youth, and people with disabilities.


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