The S’hamba Sonke programme, launched in April 2011, is dedicated to the maintenance of roads. The programme consists of the following elements:
- A Pothole Repair Programme, involving road-users and the private sector;
- The establishment of provincial road-asset registers which record the condition of roads, traffic counts and life-cycle maintenance requirements;
- Asset management systems for authorities to “know your network”. Engineers and superintendents will drive through stretches of road to determine the daily condition of our road network;
- Reducing the percentage of roads in poor to very poor condition from the current 30% to 10%; and
- Reducing vehicle operating costs and thus overall transportation costs.
The provincial roads maintenance grant is a conditional grant dedicated to road maintenance. For the 2012/13 financial year this money is allocated as follows:
- KwaZulu-Natal: 1.2 Billion Rand;
- Eastern Cape: 1 Billion Rand;
- Mpumalanga: 1 Billion Rand;
- Limpopo: 934 Million Rand;
- Gauteng: 566 Million Rand;
- North West: 501 Million Rand;
- Free State: 447 Million Rand;
- Western Cape: 411 Million Rand; and
- Northern Cape: 308 Million Rand.