Transforming Mpumalanga’s economy with Transport
The Department of Transport recently held a stakeholder engagement session with businessmen and woman in Mpumalanga to highlight some of the opportunities available through partnerships with state-owned entities like Sanral, ATNS and ACSA.
Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga says the Department of Transport expects its agencies to bring value and opportunities when executing their mandates. “I’m pleased to have with me today the leadership of Sanral, ATNS and ACSA to share with Mpumalanga business people the opportunities they have and how to access these.”
The three state-owned entities recently reinforced their commitment to be of service to South Africans.
Going the extra mile
One example is the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) large injection to upgrade and continually maintain the national roads in the province.
Sanral’s improvement of the R570 (which links the town of Malelane on the N4 in the north, to Swaziland at the Jeppe’s Reef Border Post), its upgrade of the 54.9 km stretch of the R573 Moloto Road, and the rehabilitation of the N11 between Hendrina and Middelburg, have all been welcome investments into the province.
“Sanral has always gone the proverbial “extra mile”, noted Chikunga as she recognised the value that the agency has brought.
“Its investments are reaping dividends in the actions of those young South Africans who have benefited from Sanral’s interventions and are now prepared to repay society,” she continued.
In recent months, the agency has met with communities and stakeholders in Mpumalanga to share its new vision and transformation strategy.
Its long-term strategy, Horizon 2030, which has been presented to key stakeholders around the country, is a proactive response to the National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) and aims to deliver on Sanral’s vision of a national transport system that delivers a better South Africa for all