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Founded in 1950, the South African Road Federation (SARF) is an organisation that provides a meeting point for people across South Africa to share their interest in the local road industry and the administration of roads across the country.

The South African Road Federation (SARF) is an organisation dedicated to the promotion of the road industry in South Africa by dissemination of information, the promotion of sound policies and by education and training. With a primary focus on encouraging the continued development of effective and efficient road systems in South Africa, SARF strives for economic growth in the sector through education and training.

The Federation provides contact between South Africa`s road industry sectors and facilitates the distribution of expertise throughout the diverse disciplines, which have impact and application on the industry.

The Federation is a member of the International Road Federation Global. By liaison with this organisation`s Programme Centre in Washington, the latest developments in road technology, policy and management worldwide are made available to local industry.

In this way, sound policies are promoted by SARF in every aspect of road transport infrastructure and management from geometric design to Road Safety Audits.

Promotion of Roads, Road Transportation & Road Safety

The Federation is committed to the aims and objectives and the scope of activities laid down in its constitution.

PROMOTION of roads and road transportation

  • To promote an effective road transport policy at all levels of government
  • To originate and promote improvements in road transport policy
  • To gain support by cooperation with the IRF
  • To advance the Southern African economy by means of a sound road transport industry
  • To promote Road Safety in South Africa

EDUCATION AND TRAINING of all those engaged in the road transportation industry

  • To hold Road related seminars and conferences
  • To provide SARF bursaries and administer IRF Fellowships
  • To present courses that offer CPD points and are ECSA and SACPCMP accredited


SARF is recognised nationally and internationally as an influential  and expert roads organisation, which  through its members, plays a significant role in defining and influencing sustainable quality and safety of South Africa roads


The members of SARF have identified four strategic clusters. Within each cluster a number of strategic focus
areas have been identified, which form the basis of the development of activity plans, endorsed by Council.

To meet the overall objectives, and to facilitate the structure of the plan, the four strategic clusters shown in Table 1 have been identified.  Within each cluster a number of strategic focus areas have been identified which form the basis of the development of activity plans, endorsed and supported by the relevant Council functional committees and, ultimately by Council.

Table 1 Strategic clusters and focus areas

A  Stakeholder engagement 1.     Representative membership
2.     A comprehensive data base on road and operations
3.     Dissemination of relevant strategic information in respect of the road sector
4.     Effective, up-to-date communications systems and instruments
5.     Regular contact and interaction with the print and electronic media
B  Safe and effective  road transport and infrastructure 1.     Appropriate funding levels and effective delivery of road provision and preservation
2.     Safety in road usage and provision
C  Capacity development in the road sector 1.     Adequate skills in the roads industry
2.     Training and education schemes coordinated with other accredited service providers
3.     Student support for studies congruent with the aims of SARF
D  Sustainable practice in road provision 1.     Sound environmental practice
2.     Value engineering


The membership profile of SARF is largely defined by the make-up of the roads sector, which can be broadly divided into three sectors:

  1. Road providers
  2. Roads users
  3. Academic/research organisations, learned societies and professional bodies active in the road transport.


As SARF continues to develop after more than 66 successful years in the industry, the benefits of becoming a member of the organisation continues to grow.   As a Level 1 BBBEE accredited organisation, you can expect a procurement recognition of 135%