Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have, on Friday 10 April 2015, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to cooperate in various important areas of the two institutions’ businesses. The signing ceremony, held in Pretoria was attended by RAL Board Chairperson, Matome Ralebipi, and CSIR Executives. “Everyone matters” is how the newly appointed Chief Executive of RAL, Maseleganye Matji could explain how important all the role players are, and the significance that the signed MOA will contribute to ensuring that the Limpopo Province prioritise and construct quality roads infrastructure. Among other areas that the MOA focuses on are the Road network planning, Road infrastructure management, Construction, maintenance, Traffic Engineering and Human capacity development in road traffic safety management.

“It is highly crucial for RAL to establish more of similar relationships in order to improve in relevant areas, including research, scientific, engineering and technical services which add value to various aspects of RAL’s business process”, said the Chief Executive. The MOA will also assist in the transfer of skills, development and innovation technologies, and systems for supporting infrastructure delivery. According Matji, another important area of focus crucial for the future of RAL and more importantly South Africa, is the investment in young people more especially in science and engineering. The signing of the MOA comes shortly after the Shareholder of RAL, MEC for Public Works Roads and Infrastructure, Jeremiah Ndou’s presented his budget speech at the Provincial Legislature. During the speech, the MEC said that other partnership agreements with Anglo American and other mining companies are at advanced and will be finalised soon. “We also seek to consolidate resources for funding roads in the province and resuscitate the service level agreement with ABSA on contractor development programme aimed at supporting small and emerging contractors in Limpopo” said the Honourable MEC.

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