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.
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.
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.
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..
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).
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.
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).
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.
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”
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.
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