The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) has undertaken various projects on the N1 in order to, among others, improve the infrastructure of the national roadway.
According to Sanral regional manager, Dumisani Nkabinde, it was decided at a stakeholders event in Bloemfontein last week that the company will embark on several major projects in the Free State to rehabilitate and upgrade existing roads. “As a responsible state-owned entity, Sanral wants to play a leadership role in sectors of the economy that are critical to job creation, skills development and community empowerment,” Nkabinde said.
“Major projects recently completed in the province include the N1 Trompsburg to Fonteintjie; the N1 Sydenham to Glen Lyon; and the N8 Bloemspruit to Sannaspos. One project still under construction is the N1 Ventersburg to Kroonstad, and the route from Rouxville to Smithfield is also underway. Sanral is also working on developing a quarry to supply stone for the upgrading of the N1.
“In an effort to reduce cost of material, decrease the damage caused to roads by heavy vehicles hauling construction material, and to save haulage time, Sanral has developed a quarry to supply stone for the upgrading of the N1 between Winburg and Kroonstad,” Nkabine explained.
According to a statement the company has spent R56 million on road-widening to create a parking lane for trucks waiting to process documents at the Maseru border post. The renovations included the installation of street lights, the construction of
a pedestrian walkway as well as landscaping. He also highlighted the importance of job creation and education during his talk at Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre.
“Sanral also continues to sponsor the Chair in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (STEM) at the University of the Free State. Through an endowment of R30 million, Sanral wants to promote the development of human capital through high-quality education, training and research, and through partnerships with recognised international institutions,” Nkabinde concluded. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele