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RA spends 99 % of allocated budget

by Rodney Pienaar

The Roads Authority of Namibia exhausted a total of N$3 345 877 567 (99%) from the allocated budget of N$3 389 205.000 on program and capital development projects during the 2016/17 financial year. 

The spending of N$1 678 584 000 (50%) was funded by the Road Fund Administration while the remainder of N$1 667 2983 576 (50%) was provided by the state for road development; construction and upgrading of vehicle and driver testing centers, the authority’s annual report indicates.

“Even though the RA has achieved successes in many of its operations, mainstream revenue for the preservation of the road infrastructure remains a cause of concern. Nonetheless, the RA remains optimistic in the hope that the necessary funds required will be allocated and the RA will continue to perform its assigned functions,” the report states. 

The authority has to date created 12 400 jobs through its Small and Medium Enterprise development initiatives and the contract value amounts to N$295 250 591.48. 

According to the report the authority also participated in several law enforcement operations around the country such as the August 2016 Road Safety Initiative, the October 2016 Gaborone Trans-Kalahari Corridor Management joint law enforcement operation and the 2016/2017 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in collaboration with other agencies such as the Namibian Police and MVA.

During the period under review, the Authority completed the upgrading of the Okahandja Vehicle and Driver Testing Centre and also opened a Registering Authority for vehicle registration and licensing services at Nkurenkuru. 

The upgrading and establishment of these facilities form part of the government’s long term road safety strategy to improve road safety in Namibia.

“This on-going initiative will ensure that the standard of roadworthiness of vehicles and the competency of driver skills are of international standards which will extensively contribute to road safety and reduce fatalities on our roads. In addition, these centers will cater for the growing vehicle and driver population and demand for testing services,” the report states.