In a recent interview, roads group Raubex highlighted how work from the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has all but dried up. It’s been tempting to accuse Sanral of torpor, but the national roads agency has been caught up in a number of battles not of its making, not least of which are regulations published under National Treasury’s Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) of 2017. These have hog-tied building projects in red tape and introduced the phenomenon of site invasions. This is an excerpt from an interview with Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. We have requested meetings with National Treasury — I’m still waiting. The PPPFA regulations are ambiguous, they need to be tightened up. Number one, it says that a minimum of 30% beyond a threshold of R30m shall be sub-contracted. People are [now] coming to our sites and saying: 30%, not the minimum, is allocated to us as locals exclusively and we want it. Now, nowhere in the regulations does it say 30% as a q...

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