S’hamba Sonke

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.