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17 June 2022 - NW2217

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Ceza, Mr K to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) plans have been put in place to ensure that quality rural roads are built across the Republic and (b) insourcing plans does his department have in place in order to achieve this initiative?

Reply:

a) The Department of Transport is currently assisting Road Authorities through the Shamba Sonke Programme and it is a nation-wide initiative involving all Provincial Road Authorities.

Provincial Road Authorities are supported through this Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG):

  • for routine, periodic, and special maintenance;
  • for rehabilitation of paved roads, limited to a maximum of 25% of the value of the PRMG allocation per province;
  • to ensure all roads are identified, proclaimed and reclassified as per the COTO publication TRH26 Road Classification and Access Management Manual;
  • to collect road inventory data to maintain an up-to-date RAMP;
  • for the repair of roads and bridges damaged by declared natural disasters;
  • to improve the state / condition of the road network serving rural areas; and
  • to improve road safety with a special focus on NMT safety

The PRMG is also used on the rural road networks to gather road data where District Municipalities are supported through the Rural Road Asset Management Systems Grant (RRAMSG) to:

  • collect condition data (paved and unpaved) for the municipal road networks within the boundaries of the District Municipality in accordance with the COTO publication, TMH9 Manual for Visual Assessment of Road Pavements;
  • collect traffic data on selected intersections of the municipal road network;
  • collect data on the condition of structures (bridges and culverts) as per the COTO publication, TMH19 Manual for the Visual Assessment of Road Structures; and
  • develop a Road Asset Management Plan (RAMP) in line with the COTO publication, TMH22 Road Asset Management Manual to inform maintenance and investment via the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG).

The inspections in loco are performed by the technical teams to ensure quality assurance of road infrastructure delivered. Back to basic ethos are adhered to within the limited scarcity of technical resources.

b) In terms of the Division of Revenue Act (DORA), these funds has to be transferred to the Provinces and municipalities, who are the “implementing Agents”. Therefore, at this stage, the Department is reliant on the Provinces and Municipalities to insource the works as much as possible.

In most provinces, there is some form of insourcing taking place through implementation of projects using in-house teams. In the case of the Western Cape, additional insourcing is taking place through the appointment of the District Municipalities as an Implementing Agent by the province. The District Municipalities has their own staff.

The Department intends to change the Schedule of these grants to become an “Indirect Grant”, which allow the department to implement the works on behalf of the Provinces and Municipalities.

If this proposal is accepted by the Budget Council and the DORA is supported, as such, by Parliament and approved by the President, the Department plans to insource the works as much as possible within reason.

17 June 2022 - NW2242

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Sithole, Mr KP to ask the Minister of Transport

Given that in the past weekend of 27 to 29 May 2022 fatalities were noted due to vehicular collisions on our national roads, two of which occurred on the N3, what (a) total number of fatal car accidents has his department recorded from 1 January 2022 up to the latest specified date for which information is available, (b) were the recorded causes in each case and (c) measures have been implemented to prevent the recurrence of such accidents?

Reply:

a) The following table shows the fatal crashes and fatalities from 1 Jan 2022 to 31 May 2022 per province

Province

Fatal Crashes

EC

443

FS

207

GP

733

KZN

641

LP

408

MP

262

NC

116

NW

249

WC

475

Grand Total

3534

b) Recorded causes in each of the 2 cases

According the information received from the crash investigation team, the causes of the two crashes on the N3 were as follows;

  • Saturday 28 May 2022 Fatal crash ;
  • The accident involved 2 trucks which were both travelling on the fast lanes prohibited for trucks at the said location, at speeds too high for the conditions where upon the one which had mechanical brake failure fatally ramped at the back of another resulting in the high number of the 16 fatalities recorded .
  • There is proper signage channelising heavy trucks into a single left lane but from time-to-time drivers ignore the road signs and utilise the right hand lanes exclusively reserved for light motor vehicles.
  • Since the road construction begun in the area there has been a number of accidents caused by drivers who were travelling at high speeds for conditions and not reducing speeds as expected.
  • Sunday 29 May 2022 Fatal crash ;

According to the crash investigation team there were no signs of attempted braking during the crash identified at the scene which supports the suspicion of fatigue as the main cause of the crash resulting in the high number of the 10 fatalities recorded. The stretch of road where the fatal crash occurred is not a high risk crash site and this was an isolated incident.

c) measures have been implemented to prevent the recurrence of such accidents.

  • In relation to the KZN N3 Peter town identified high risk area the KZN Provincial Traffic have engaged Sanral to extend the channelising signages further down past the mall and have prioritised the deployment of officers from 22H00 to 06H00 until the end of the road construction.
  • In relation to the N3 Grootvlei fatal crash the Mpumalanga Provincial Traffic will closely monitor the area through the current N3 team assigned to that stretch of the road.

17 June 2022 - NW2233

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that his department is failing to maintain the national roads in the North West, which require serious repairs and are characterised as horror roads as they continue to take away the lives of persons?

Reply:

The national roads in the North-West totalling 2513 km under the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) have active routine maintenance contracts in place and are well maintained. In addition, a further estimated R3.8 bn will be spent over the next three years on various maintenance and improvement projects on these national roads in the North-West which will result in the addressing of identified defects on those national road sections that are at the end of their original 20-year design life.

The challenge is with the portions of the national road network which are not currently under the jurisdiction of SANRAL i.e., the N12 through the towns of Wolmaransstad, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom. Various engagements with the North-West Province are currently underway by my Department which has resulted in SANRAL being appointed as the Implementing Agent by the Province for urgent repairs on the N12 through those towns and those works are currently in progress. As part of these engagements the remaining sections of the national roads in the North-West Province (including the N12) will also be permanently transferred to SANRAL to ensure their proper maintenance.

10 June 2022 - NW1910

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Transport

Whether his department has conducted any assessments of the floods damage and work needed to restore and improve the road infrastructure along the N2 South Coast between Stanger and Scottburgh; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how have the assessments been done, (b) what (i) remedial action is being considered and/or implemented and (ii) are the time frames and (c) what tenders have been called for the repair of the specified section of the road?

Reply:

a) The assessments have been undertaken by teams of engineering specialists and project managers within SANRAL, complemented by specialist consulting engineering firms.

b) (i) and (ii) as per table below:

c) Procurement documents are in the process of being finalised where applicable for the sites indicated above. In the interim, holding actions are being undertaken by routine road maintenance contractors.

10 June 2022 - NW1909

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Singh, Mr N to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)What are the details of the progress with regard to the temporary repairs on the Umgababa stretch of the N2 in KwaZulu-Natal; (2) whether the repairs have met the agreed-upon time frames as per the tender agreement; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there have been any unforeseen delays to the repair of the specified road; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) what (a) are the details, including the names, of persons and/or companies that have been awarded the tender to conduct the repairs to the specified road network, (b) is the total projected cost and (c) are the set time frames for the conclusion of the repairs; (5) whether the budget has been adhered to; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply:

1. Between uMgababa and uMkhomazi there are two major embankment failures, one on the Northbound carriageway at N2 Section 24 km 2.0 to 2.6 and the other on the Southbound carriageway at N2 Section 23 km 49.8. Due to the nature of the failures they require extensive geotechnical investigations, hence geotechnical contractors have been deployed to undertake investigative drilling.

In terms of the northbound failure (uMgababa), the construction of a bypass lane in the median is being undertaken through the routine road maintenance (RRM) contract. Further, the appointed consultant team is finalising its design and procurement documents for the contractor who will implement the repairs.

In terms of the southbound failure (uMkhomazi), traffic accommodation measures have been implemented through the routine road maintenance contract, whilst the preparation of procurement documents for the design consultants are being finalised.

2. The procurement for the service providers to undertake repairs is in the preparation phase therefore there is no tender yet that has been let for the repairs. The only works currently underway is the construction of the median bypass lane in order to restore traffic movements in the northbound direction through the routine road maintenance contract. Availability of rock material from quarries did affect progress on the bypass lane, requiring this material to be sourced from further locations (further than 100km).

3. As noted above, material availability has affected the construction of the bypass lane in the median.

4. (a) No tender has been advertised for this repair as the procurement process is in the preparation phase. The temporary solution is being undertaken through the existing routine road maintenance contract which was awarded to Razzmatazz (Pty) Ltd in October 2021.It is noted that the RRM Contractor is also utilising a local subcontractor and local labour.

(b) It is estimated that the repairs will cost approximately R240 million at each of the locations i.e. northbound and southbound respectively.

(c) The estimated duration is 8 months for northbound failure and 10 months for southbound failure.

5. All holding actions have been undertaken within the budget of the routine road maintenance contractor. A budget has been allocated for the repairs for which tenders will be advertised.

10 June 2022 - NW1849

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

What is the total amount determined by the Road Traffic Management Corporation for vehicle registration transaction fees, as part of the payable licence fees, which applied in (a) 2020, (b) 2021 and (c) 2022?

Reply:

Since the RTMC is on the accrual basis, the below table outlines the opening balance for the respective periods, transaction fees billed to the provinces as well as the actual transaction fees paid over by the respective provinces to the RTMC.

It is important to note that transaction fees due to the RTMC is exclusively applicable to vehicle licence disc renewals. On a continuous basis, the RTMC shows an under collection on transaction fees. Provinces have indicated that this is due to municipalities not paying over all the funds to them and in turn the province not paying the full amount to the Corporation. Even though the recovery rate of the transaction fees have improved, there are still provinces that maintains a unremitting growth in the amount owed to the Corporation.

10 June 2022 - NW1759

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1) Whether, with reference to the reply to question 898 on 20 April 2018, and subsequent question 687 reference number NW810E, he will furnish Mr C H H Hunsinger with a copy of the detailed statement of Income and Expenditure of all monies received and disbursed by the City of (CoE), for the special purpose vehicles for Katlehong, Tembisa, Vosloorus and Reiger Park (the KTVR) and the Ekurhuleni Taxi Industry Trust on the Bus Rapid Transport Project; if not, why not; if so, on what date; (2) (a) what were the responses by the CoE on the various issues raised by his office and (b) how were his concerns conveyed to the CoE; (3) whether he will furnish Mr C H H Hunsinger with copies of the correspondence; if not, why not; if so, on what date?

Reply:

1. Honourable Hunsinger is welcome to meet directly with the City of Ekurhuleni as well as the KTVR operator to perform a detailed analysis of KTVR’s financial statements. KTVR’s operations cost numbers are highlighted below.

Line Items

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

Operations Cost

R119,2m

R126,7m

R168,4m

R232,2m

2. (a)(b) The City of Ekurhuleni has acknowledged the criticism from NDoT (especially from 2019) in bilateral meetings held regularly 2 to 3 times a year. On the 05 March 2019, the Deputy Director General: Public Transport called all the cities to a meeting to direct them on the revised focus of the PTNG for 2019/20 on wards which is to fastrack operations while scaling back on infrastructure plans and spending and put them on notice to launch.

The City team is trying their best to finalise long outstanding matters like concluding minibus operator negotiations, scaling up to 80 buses and 20 000 passenger trips per weekday etc. Currently the city has deployed 40 buses, is procuring 15 more and plans to conclude negotiations by February 2023.

3. The majority of feedback has occurred in regular bilateral discussions. Please contact the Public Transport Branch at the NDoT for further information if required.

10 June 2022 - NW1721

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Montwedi, Mr Mk to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the reasons that his department abandoned Project PWR239/14 to upgrade the road from Molelema to Matsheng, Phase 1 in the North-West?

Reply:

The Department awarded a tender for the amount of R65,018M to Botong/Nkolele JV for the

upgrading from gravel to surface, a 10km road D206 from Molelema to Matsheng in the greater Taung Local Municipality. Prior to the awarding of the tender, the Contractor confirmed in writing that it will be able to complete the work within the tendered scope, price and timeframe.

Immediately after commencement of the project, the contractor demanded an additional amount of R 49M, citing that, with the costed amount, only 7km of road will be completed as supposed to the contracted 10km. This would have increased the project value from R 65,018M to R114M with a variance of R 49 M which constitute an increment of 77%. Acceptance of this deviation could be classified as an irregular expenditure. To this end, the department could not agree to the deviation hence the contract was terminated as per the provision of the contract. The Contractor took the department to Adjudication process wherein the outcome came out in their favour. The department is not in agreement with the outcome of the Adjudication Board after one the board members resigned sighting procedural matters. The department has now filed papers in court opposing the outcome of the Adjudication Board. For that reason, the project cannot proceed pending the outcome of the court process.

10 June 2022 - NW1712

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Mokgotho, Ms SM to ask the Minister of Transport

What are the details of the plans that his department has put in place to repair the main and provincial road in Mogwase in North West?

Reply:

The road P53/1 from road R510 (Rustenburg – Northam road) to Mogwase is in the plan of the North West Department of Public Works and Roads for rehabilitation of the entire section during the 2022/23 financial year.

10 June 2022 - NW1717

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Marais, Ms P to ask the Minister of Transport

What (a) is the extent of potholes in Bloemfontein recorded by his department and (b) total amount would it cost his department to have all the potholes in the specified city fixed?

Reply:

(a) The question makes reference to the potholes in Bloemfontein. It is therefore important that roads in an around Bloemfontein are being maintained by The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality (MMM) as well as the Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT). MMM would therefore be responsible for all urban roads, while DPRT predominantly have custodianship of peri-urban and rural roads. This reply is therefore in relation to the broader Mangaung Metropolitan Area.

It is also important to consider that the MMM relies on the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to perform their maintenance, while DPRT relies heavily on the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG) in terms of its maintenance strategies. The PRMG has strict conditions that allows for 25% of the grant to be used for upgrades and the remaining 75% for maintenance activities. This is in contrast with the prevailing road conditions which warrant and require upgrade-related activities, as opposed to the maintenance activities that the grant makes provision for. For this purpose, intense engagement is required from Provincial Treasury to ensure that funding is availed through the Infrastructure Enhancement Allocation for the necessary upgrades. Alternatively, the strict PRMG conditions require relaxation in order for the country at large to be able to mitigate the current backlog in road maintenance. If this is not achieved, Provinces will continuously be challenged with the situation whereby maintenance is performed in line with grant conditions, while the actual need on the ground is much more intense and borders on upgrade activities.

A recent presentation by NDOT suggests that the South African road network was not planned for the current traffic volumes. A large volume of traffic have migrated from rail to road and households currently procure several vehicles as opposed to one vehicle per family as anticipated when the broader road network was planned.

This, as well as the delay of timely routine maintenance activities, contribute to the state in which road are.