The Gert Sibande District Municipality (GSDM), is the largest district municipality in Mpumalanga Province, and is comprised of seven Local Municipalities (LMs). Roads that are not under the control of SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency) and DPWRT (Department of Works, Roads and Transport) revert to the Local Municipalities for maintenance. These roads are mainly located in urban/town areas. The current estimated extent of these roads under municipal control is approximately 15 000 km. It is these roads to which the Rural Roads Asset Management System (RRAMS) grant applies.
The main objective of the project is to assist the GSDM to implement a sustainable RRAMS over a period of three years that, subscribes to the requirements of the RRAMS grant.
This project includes the following:
- Capturing road network inventory.
- Collection of road inventory, condition and traffic data.
- Development and implementation of a road management system (that includes both paved, gravel, block and concrete roads) and a bridge management system that are both compatible with national standards.
- Creation of employment for unemployed S4 Civil Engineering Technician Graduates and subsequently enhancing the human capacity at Municipalities for the operation of RAMS within the Gert Sibande District Municipality.