… As RA rolls out new strategic score card
By Hilary Mare
THE Roads Authority (RA) has completed 247km in road upgrades to bitumen standard, the parastatal’s Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi, has revealed.
While unveiling the RA’s 2017/18 strategic scorecard this week, Lutombi highlighted that the MR118, which measures 100km between Oranjemund and Rosh Pinah in the //Karas region, as well as DR3609, which measures 37km between Oshakati and Ongenga in the Oshana and Omusati regions, were both set for commissioning.
“These roads are complete and the President (H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob) will open them soon,” he said.
Ongoing upgrade projects include the Onhuno-Endola-Okatana-Oshakati road (40km), the Liselo-Linyati-Kongola road (205km), the Gobabis-Aminius road (110km) and the Okamatapati-Grootfontein road (121km).
Lutombi also highlighted that the 2017/18 Score card focusses on the Harambee Prosperity Plan road projects, which include the 68km Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriage way of which section 3 from Brakwater to the Dobra River (10km) is completed, the 44km Windhoek-Hosea Kutako international Airport road, the 44km Swakopmund-Walvis Bay road and the 402km Swakopmund-Henties Bay-Khorixas-Kamanjab road.
The RA is also working on the design for the 183.9km Karibib-Usakos-Arandis-Swakopmund road, as well as the 142km dual carriage way between Ongwediva, Ondangwa and Omuthiya.
In its 2017/18 strategic score card, the RA says it is also seeking to harness stakeholder relations, streamline core operational processes and ensure optimal utilization of funds.
“As we move forward, we must focus on addressing the challenges that we experienced in the past two years of the strategic plan, and also continue to build on our successes through continuous improvement of our internal processes. Our new score card will enable the RA to create and maximise value to our stakeholders,” Lutombi told staff members this week.
“In all this, we should be cautious of the fact that having a score card is not the ultimate. The implementation of the objectives is what is of outmost importance. One of the lessons derived from the business world is that an effective strategy is completely worthless, if it just sits on a shelf in an executive office.”
In its previous strategic score card for 2016/17, the RA targeted bitumen upgrades of up to 170km, but achieved 247km.
It also targeted the construction of 200km of gravel roads, but achieved 221km while managing to reseal 496km compared to the 300km target.
However, Lutombi noted that in terms of gravel roads, the organisation did not meet its target. “Our target for 2016/17 was to re-gravel 425km but only managed to re-gravel 220.7. As a result, this scorecard puts more emphasis on re-gravelling as we aim to re-gravel 300km during the period under review to improve the condition of the gravel road network.
Other key targets for the period are to upgrade 110km of roads to bitumen standard, while constructing 40km of gravel roads and resealing 600km.
The RA 3 year Strategic Plan (2015-2018) focused on bringing balance between expanding Namibia’s national road network and preserving the existing one. The myriad of different economic sectors’ successes hinge on well-developed and maintained transport infrastructure, and hence the RA needs to develop synergistic stakeholder relations with other transport modes.
At the same occasion, Lutombi announced the best performing Division in the organisation by awarding the winning team the coveted Chairperson’s Trophy. The winner, first and second runner ups are determined by the results of the Divisional Scorecards which were reviewed at the RA Annual Strategic Review Session that was held in April this year in Windhoek. This process was facilitated by Visions Consulting.
The Construction and Rehabilitation Division was announced as the winner with a score of 3.99, the first runner up was the Road Management System Division(3.73) and second runner up was the Maintenance Division (last year’s winner) with a score of 3.70. The scores are out of 5.
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