THE South African National Roads Agency continues its series of stakeholder engagement sessions at various venues in and around KwaZulu-Natal today (November 8) as part of public consultations on an Interim Preferential Procurement Policy (PPP).
The main stakeholder engagement session in KwaZulu-Natal will take place at Pietermaritzburg City Hall and will also be linked virtually to venues in Durban, Kokstad and Jozini.
The decision to withdraw South African National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) new Preferential Procurement Policy, which came into effect in May 2023, was taken by the board on October 23, 2023, after careful consideration of the legal challenges to the policy launched by construction companies in various courts across the country.
These legal challenges would have prevented Sanral from processing some 80 tenders worth billions of Rands, with significant negative consequences for the fulfilment of the roads agency’s constitutional and statutory mandate.
The purpose of the stakeholder engagement meetings is to enable Sanral to receive inputs and contributions from interested and affected stakeholders to present a roadmap for the implementation of the interim PPP.
Sanral urges all interested and affected stakeholders to participate in this consultative process to facilitate a speedy resolution to any potential obstacles that would delay the roads agency from meeting its mandate to build and maintain the country’s road infrastructure network and pursue its transformation objectives.
Satellite venues for today’s consultations are:
- Durban: Olive Conference Centre
- Kokstad: Kokstad Youth Centre
- Jozini: Hlabisa Community Hall