Roads Authority Communications Manager Hilleni Manager says the company has made great strides in the past year with regards to developing Namibia’s road infrastructure.
RA is running against a deadline that should see the country turning into a logistics hub and in addition the RA will commence the construction of the MR44 upgrading to dual carriage way of Swakopmund to Walvis Bay road, 44km, in the Erongo Region.
The road will be behind the dunes. Amongst the other projects is also the TR 2/1 – rehabilitation of the Swakopmund/Walvis Bay road, 30km, Erongo Region.
According to Fillemon, RA continued expanding the road network to many areas, especially the rural areas, as indicated in the Medium to Long Term Road Master Plan, and in accordance with the corporate strategy.
She also said that RA has different projects lined up in all corners of the country which include among others; Section 3 of the rehabilitation of the Windhoek-Okahandja Road in the Khomas Region; Rehabilitation and Widening of Tsumis River Bridge on TR104 Rehoboth-Marienta, Hardap Region; Upgrading to bitumen standard of Main Road 120 from Okatana to Endola.
Furthermore, the RA will focus on marking significant progress on all major ongoing projects such as Oranjemund-Roshpinah, Gobabis - Aminus - Aranos, Omakange - Ruacana, Omafo - Onanjamba - Outapi, Othjinene - Grootfontein and Elundu - Eehnana.
“In 2014, we adopted a strategy which focuses on striking the appropriate balance with regards to road maintenance and rehabilitation versus further expansion of road infrastructure. I am proud to say that RA managed to improve the condition of the tarred roads last year through the reseal programme, hence the service life of the surfaced roads was extended considerably by this programme,” she said.
She also said that RA has commenced with the construction of a number of tarred and gravel roads in 2014 which are in line with the Medium to Long Term Road Master Plan, and as per their 2014/2015 budgetary provision.
“Therefore, it suffice to say, we had a good year, we did not experience serious challenges to execute our strategy and implement the projects we planned for 2014,” she said.
Last year The Villager attended a meeting where the Road Authority board met with the Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob in a bid to convince Government to give them a financial bailout to improve their operations.
“The RA is a nonprofit making organisation and receives funds from our Government on an annual basis to fund road projects that are of a social and economic benefit. Other funds are sourced from the Road Fund Administration (RFA) which is the mandated organisation to secure funds for road infrastructure development and maintenance,” she said.
She however also rebuffed to mention how much money all together RA need to carry out its operations successfully.
“The road projects and maintenance programmes that are earmarked to be implemented in a specific year determine the amount of funds needed. Hence, the RA has an approved operational and administrative budget to execute the earmarked projects annually.”
On challenges she added that, “We cannot predict the challenges we might experience this year. However, the RA is committed to carry out its mandate and keep the state of the road network in a safe and good condition, in line with its strategy and approved budget.”
Fillemon then thanked the Government and some entities for their continuous support towards the company.
“The Roads Authority receives funding from the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the RFA (through road user charges e.g. fuel levies vehicle licenses, abnormal permits and mass distance charges) and funding from entities such as the KFW. We are humbled by their continued support to development our road infrastructure,” she said.