Shamba Sonke (SSP)

Shamba Sonke

The Shamba Sonke programme, launched in April 2011, is dedicated to road maintenance on secondary roads and rural roads, with particular emphasis on repairing potholes, using labour-intensive methods of construction and maintenance. The strategic objective of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG) is to ensure efficient investment in provincial roads to implement the Road Infrastructure Strategic Framework for South Africa (RISFSA) in line with the Shamba Sonke road programme and other related infrastructure asset management programmes.

Our activities includes:

  • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the Shamba Sonke Road Programme;
  • Assist in the oversight of the implementation of Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG) and the Rural Roads Asset Management System (RRAMS) Grant;
  • Conduct indicative progress analysis reports for early detection of project deviation and misalignment to project targets, file and maintain project data, determine project targets and outputs;
  • Assist in the update, development, compilation and maintenance of infrastructure standards, specifications and guidelines through liaising with government; provincial, metros, municipalities, state owned agencies and other stakeholders;
  • Execute office & general administration, technical duties, produce memorandums / submissions; draft response to parliamentary / presidential questions;
  • Participate in technical COTO subcommittees for inputs and contributions into standards and policies for submission to Roads Coordinating Body (RCB) and MinMec Forums;
  • Monitor DoRA reporting compliance, and Evaluate Municipal and Provincial Business Plans for compliance with DoRA;
  • Liaise with associate departments (e.g. Department of Public Works and Treasury etc.) for coordination of planning to enhance the respective agreed strategic outputs;
  • Assist with intervention meeting and provide intervention inputs to assist provinces and municipalities to find resolutions and with financial management to meet the strategic outputs and outcomes;
  • Monitor service provider’s work and performance against service level contract;
  • Conduct site visits for progress and grant impact monitoring and evaluation;
  • Evaluate Provincial Road Infrastructure Assets Management Plan;
  • Track programme intermediate targets / deliverables and communicate programme expectations to the team and stakeholders in a timely and effectively mode

 Fund Allocation

Funds allocated is R6.4 billion for 2011/12, R7.5 billion for 2012/13 and R9.3 million for 2014/15. The allocation for the next MTEF is expected to be:

  • 2015/16 – R9.9 billion
  • 2016/17 – R10.1 billion
  • 2017/18 – R10.8 billion

The Shamba Sonke Programme (SSP) through the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant (PRMG), consists of three budget components. The largest component enables provinces to expand their maintenance activities. The other components allow provinces to repair roads damaged by floods and to rehabilitate roads for coal haulage activities in Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

For the 2011/12 financial year this money was allocated as follows:

  • KwaZulu-Natal: R1.2 billion
  • Eastern Cape: R1 billion
  • Mpumalanga: R1 billion
  • Limpopo: R934 million
  • Gauteng: R566 million
  • Free State: R447 million
  • Western Cape: R411 million
  • Northern Cape: 308 million
  • North West: R501 million.

Provincial anchor projects (2011/12)


  • Nongoma – Dabhazi – Hlambanyathi – Hlabisa Corridor at R270 million
  • Eshowe – Ntumeni – Kranskop – Vryheid corridor at R2 billion.

These anchor projects will support the tale of four cities which is about connecting Ulundi, Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.


  • Maintenance of the R33 Road between Stoffberg to Belfast (42km) at a cost of R 24 million
  • An upgrade 40km road project from White River to Ntsikazi at a cost of some R16 million


  • Household routine maintenance engaging some 27 contractors for some R237 million and attending to some 8100 km
  • Fixing access roads at a cost of R60 million
  • Pothole patching project on some 220kms of roads at cost of R174 million.


  • Reseal on N14 from Krugersdorp to Klieveskraal at a cost of R55.8 million
  • Reseal of Ben Schoeman – Pretoria to the N1 for R10 million
  • Upgrade on P126 (M1) on some 8.54km for R11 million.

Northern Cape

  • Household Road Maintenance- Bathloaros to Maphinik 26km for R7 million
  • Road Maintenance: Victoria West Calvinia 387km for R18 million
  • Re-seal of Douglas-Kimberley 18km for R22 million.

Western Cape

  • Overberg regravelling at R43 million
  • Malmisbury to Hopefield reseal for R51 million
  • De Rust to N9 reseal for R54 million.

Eastern Cape

  • Household Contractor programme approximately R200 million over three years
  • Emerging contractor and consultant development for R500 million over three years.

Monitoring delivery

Provincial departments are required to report to the National Department of Transport every month. The national department is required to regularly report on a quarterly basis to National Treasury on the performance of this grant.

The national department will monitor the creation of jobs and expenditure to ensure emerging contractors are created in numbers. The transport forums will become another layer of civil society which will contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Shamba Sonke.

Infrastructure defines development

A key element of Shamba Sonke is ongoing stakeholder consultation in all projects and programmes with the following forums:

  • (Rural) Road Transport Forums, where they do not exist, must be formed.
  • Strong stakeholder institutions for the economic empowerment of South Africa’s rural poor must be rolled out.
  • Commitment to the development of a national co-operative movement and a national emerging contractor council.

Furthermore, Shamba Sonke 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%.
  • Reducing vehicle operating costs and thus overall transportation costs.

Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG)

The strategic objective of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant is to ensure efficient investment in the provincial roads to implement the Road Infrastructure Strategic Framework for South Africa (RISFSA) in line with the Shamba Sonke road programme and other related infrastructure asset management programmes.

The purpose of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant can be summarised as:

  • To supplement provincial investments for routine, periodic and special maintenance
  • To ensure all roads are classified as per RISFSA and the Road Classification and Access Management (RCAM)
  • To implement and maintain Road Asset Management Systems (RAMS)
  • To supplement provincial projects for the repair of roads and bridges damaged by declared natural disasters
  • To improve the state of the road network serving electricity generation infrastructure
  • To improve road safety with a special focus on pedestrian safety in rural areas

The expected outputs of the Provincial Road Maintenance Grant (PRMG), as highlighted in the Division of Revenue Bill are:

  • Road classification processes are 100 per cent complete and continuously maintained, including all newly
    proclaimed constructed and upgraded roads
  • Fully functional RAMS in line with minimum requirements for a provincial road authority
  • Network condition assessment and determination of project list from the RAMS
  • The following will be measured against 2015/16 targets defined in the final Road Asset Management Plan
    (RAMP) for each province:
    number of lane kilometres of surfaced roads rehabilitated
    number of lane kilometres of surfaced roads resurfaced (overlay or reseal)
    number of m² of blacktop patching (including pothole repairs)
    number of kilometres of gravel roads re-gravelled
    number of kilometres of gravel roads bladed
  • Submission of updated road condition data (paved and unpaved), traffic data, and bridge condition report by
    28 August 2015
  • Number of work opportunities created against a target of 223 295
  • Number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) jobs created against a target of 63 105