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All about the Agency

What is Roads Agency Limpopo?
Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) is a State-Owned Company, registered as such in terms of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, and it is a schedule 3C Provincial Public Entity, listed as such in terms of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999. RAL was established by the Limpopo Provincial Government, in 1999, through the promulgation of the Limpopo Roads Agency Proprietary Limited and Provincial Roads Act 7 of 1998, as amended. The ownership and control of RAL is vested in the MEC responsible for the Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, on behalf of the Provincial Government.
Which roads is RAL responsible for?
The mandate of RAL is clearly set out in Section 25 of the Limpopo Province Roads Agency Proprietary Limited and Provincial Roads Act 7 of 1998 as amended. The main functions and responsibilities of the Agency are to perform:

  • All strategic planning about the provincial road system, and

  • The planning, design, construction, operation, management, control, maintenance and rehabilitation of provincial roads for the Province.

  • RAL is also responsible for the outdoor advertising and any business activity taking place within the provincial road reserves. Road reserves are the spaces between the yellow line of the road and the fence.
    What is the relationship between RAL and the Limpopo Department of Public Works, Road and Infrastructure?
    RAL is solely owned by the Limpopo Provincial government. So, the Limpopo Provincial government is the shareholder of RAL and appointed the MEC for the Limpopo Department of Public Works, Road and Infrastructure as its shareholder representative. The Board of RAL therefore reports to the MEC of the department.
    What are Limpopo Provincial roads?
    There are five districts in the Limpopo Province. These are: Waterberg, Vhembe, Capricorn, Mopani, Sekhukhune and Capricorn districts. Provincial roads are roads that connects the five districts of Limpopo. These roads are often marked P123 or D..
    What are National roads?
    National roads are those that connect the cities of South Africa (SA) and SA to the rest of African continent. These are roads are often marked N1, N2, N14 etc. These roads are under the control of the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).
    What are municipal roads?
    These are often referred to as streets and are found within cities, towns and villages. These roads are under the control of various districts and local municipalities.
    How many kms of provincial roads is RAL responsible for?
    RAL is responsible for over 19 000km of provincial roads. Out of this number, about 7000km is tared and 14000km is gravel or dirt.
    How do I register a billboard?
    All current and future owners of advertising signs (billboards) that are on or visible from provincial and district roads are required to register their advertising signs with immediate effect. As provided for in the Provincial Roads Act No 7 of 1998, all advertising signs owners are required to apply to the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) for approval before erecting such signs.
    What are the fees in acquiring the advertising sign?
    The following fees are applicable: A R2000 application fee (Once off). An approval fee depending on the size and location of the sign (Once off). A monthly rental fee (Only applicable if on our road reserves).
    How do I go about registering my advertising sign?
    An application can be obtained from our offices or downloaded from our website at www.ral.co.za.
    What are the penalties if I fail to register my advertising sign?
    All un-registered signs will be removed by an appointed contractor and all costs for storage, removal and any additional charges incurred by the agency will be carried by the owner of the advertising sign.
    Do I have to register my sign if it is located on private property?
    If the billboard is visible from Provincial or District roads, then you will still have to submit an application for approval. However, since it is located on private property you will not be liable for rental charges.

    For more information, please contact, Mr Phuti Montjane, of Land Use Management Unit at 015 284 4600/02 or log onto www.ral.co.za Roads Agency Limpopo “Together for better roads”
    What is the relationship between RAL and the Department of Public Works, Roads & Infrastructure?
    RAL is solely owned by the Limpopo Provincial government. So, the Limpopo Provincial government is the shareholder of RAL and appointed the MEC for the Department of Public Works, Roads & Infrastructure as its shareholder representative. The Board of RAL therefore reports to the MEC of the department.

    How to reach us

    For any Media Inquiries Please contact the Spokesperson of the Agency:

    Mr MB Manyathela | 015 284 4627 or (+27) 82 333 2802

    Contact information


    • Headquarters Polokwane
    • Location 26 Rabe St, Polokwane Central, Polokwane, 0700
    • Tel (+27) 82 333 2802
    • Email info@ral.co.za
    • Media Inquiries Manyathelabm@ral.co.za