Institutional arrangements and human capital enhancement remain serious concerns in South Africa.
We will need to strive to enhance and retain our human resources and recognise that our human capital possesses the skills and knowledge that are important to the well-being of South Africa. We are also faced with the challenge to consolidate our human resources and institutional arrangements to ensure competitiveness and a single point of responsibility. This implies that the institutional arrangements to ensure delivery of much needed infrastructure must have integrity and be beyond reproach. The challenge is to avoid fragmentation and inaction due to a lack of coordination between transport, land use and development programmes. This can only be rectified by good governance. To meet this challenge we require a strategy that will remove the constraints of disjointed and fragmented development. Our challenge is to remove the supply of transport infrastructure from the realm of energy sapping competition and turf battles between road authorities.
In addition, SANRAL will continue its empowerment programme by means of:
- Promoting and implementing Government programmes for broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and sustainable development through job cre4ation, as well as SMME development.
- Enhancing the country’s human capital through the sustained support for programmes such as:
- The Chair in Pavement Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch.
- The provision of courses, both for local and regional practitioners, in co-operation with the University of Pretoria, in the use of internationally acclaimed Highway Development and Management Tools 4 (HDM-4) software.
- Research in road related matters at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
- The provision of Transport Research Activity Centres (TRAC-PAC) software and related experiments to high school learners.
- Road Safety education. - Research into the role of women (and particularly rural women) in transport.
- The provision of management and vocational training through the design and construction phases of the projects.
- Retaining existing talent and developing our scarce human resources to serve us in our endeavours to keep our country amongst the world leaders.
- Consolidating our human resources and institutional arrangements to ensure competitiveness and a single point of responsibility.