Appraisal of the S’hamba Sonke principles for sustainable job creation and skills upscaling in the roads sector

In 1994 the South African Government inherited a road infrastructure network which reflected South Africa’s political economy and whose maintenance had been under budgeted for by the previous regime since 1988 when roads and transport were no longer linked to the dedicated fuel levy. The decline in the maintenance budget for national and provincial roads in South Africa is reflected in the 1995/1996 budget which was R3 190 million and which approximated the 1968/1969 budget, which was R3 250 million. Inflation, coupled with South Africa’s remarkable economic recovery since 1994, has put South Africa’s road infrastructure network under pressure. In light of these, the S’hamba Sonke Programme provides a set of principles to guide the prioritisation of infrastructure investments to maximise the economic impact and development multipliers for maintaining and upgrading South Africa’s provincial road network. The programme also introduces road construction and maintenance methodologies that are specifically designed to create jobs, to support enterprise and co-operative development and to build the productive assets of poorly resourced communities on an unprecedented scale. This paper will appraise various programmes against the principles of the S’hamba Sonke Programme in order to make recommendations to improve the labour growth path of all road maintenance projects.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 11th Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa: CAPSA15, 16-19 August 2015, Sun City, South Africa

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  • Accession Number: 01597090
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2016 11:13AM