South African National Roads Agency

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The South African National Roads Agency Limited
Government-owned public company
Industry Road transport
Predecessor South African Roads Board
Founded Pretoria, South Africa (19 May 1998 (1998-05-19))
Headquarters Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Area served
South Africa
Key people
Lot Ndlovu (Chairman)
Nazir Alli (CEO)
Services Road management, maintenance and development
Revenue R3,634,570,000 (2009)[1]:105
R1,928,563,000 (2009)[1]:105
Profit R1,012,853,000 (2009)[1]:105
Total assets R30,603,724,000 (2009)[1]:104
Total equity R-798,943,000 (2009)[1]:104
Owner Government of South Africa
Number of employees
178
Parent Department of Transport
Website www.sanral.co.za

The South African National Roads Agency Limited or SANRAL is a South African parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of South Africa's national road network.

History[edit]

SANRAL was created by The South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 as a corporatized successor to the South African Roads Board, which was part of the Department of Transport.[2] It was registered as a public limited company on 19 May 1998.[3]

In 2011, SANRAL became the target of popular resentment [1] as tolling was about to commence on many of SANRAL's freeways in Gauteng, in order to finance their soon to be completed expansions, as part of the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project[2]. The GFIP was instituted to deal with the severe traffic congestion in Gauteng's freeways [3].

Governance[edit]

SANRAL's only shareholder is the state, represented by the Minister of Transport.[4] The agency is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors. Five voting members – the chairperson and four others – are appointed by the Minister of Transport for a term of three years. Two government officials are non-voting members, one from the Department of Transport and nominated by the Minister of Transport, and the other from the National Treasury and nominated by the Minister of Finance. The Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by the Minister of Transport on the recommendation of the Board, is ex officio a non-voting member of the Board.[5]

Operations[edit]

As of 2009 SANRAL has 178 employees.[1]:65 They are divided between the head office and four regional offices: Northern Region (Gauteng, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga); Western Region (Western Cape and Northern Cape); Eastern Region (Free State and KwaZulu-Natal); and Southern Region (Eastern Cape).[6] In 2009 the agency managed a total of 16,170 kilometres of roads,[1]:14 and by 2014, more than 22,000 kilometers.[7]

SANRAL's operations are divided into two broad categories, namely toll roads, which are self-funding, and non-toll roads, which are funded by transfers from the Department of Transport. In 2014 toll roads constituted 14% (c. 3,000 km) of its responsibilities, and non-toll roads 86% (c. 19,000 km).[7]

Some toll roads are concessions, privately funded and managed with supervision from SANRAL; these include the Platinum Highway (N1/N4), the Maputo Corridor (N4) and the N3 Toll Concession. Other toll roads are owned and operated directly by SANRAL; these include the Huguenot Tunnel, the Tsitsikamma Toll Road, the N2 tolls on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, and the N1 tolls in the Free State and Limpopo.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Annual Report .09" (PDF). South African National Roads Agency Limited. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  2. ^ The South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act No. 7 of 1998), s. 61 (2).
  3. ^ "Enterprise details for The South African National Roads Agency". Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ The South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act, 1998 (Act No. 7 of 1998), s. 3.
  5. ^ Transport Agencies General Laws Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No. 42 of 2007), ss. 14–17.
  6. ^ "Contact Us". South African National Roads Agency Limited. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Parly warns motorists that e-tolls are still due". The Citizen. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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