Oct 19, 2012
SA plans R4-trillion infrastructure roll-out over 15 yearsBack
Construction|Africa|Industrial|PROJECT|Project Management|Projects|Water|Africa|South Africa|Basic Services|Manufacturing|Project Management|Services|Ebrahim Patel|Infrastructure|Jacob Zuma|Water|The National|South Africa|The 2010 FIFA World Cup
© Reuse this
He said some of these projects would have to be paid for by the private sector, such as industrial projects connected to infrastructure. The State would invest about R844-billion on infrastructure developments over the next three years.
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told journalists at the conference that the 20-year National Infrastructure Development Plan was radically different than previous initiatives as it was geared towards attracting and facilitating investment, while reaching across all provinces.
The plan was aimed at constructing new projects and expediting existing ones to enable economic and social development.
The plan clusters 645 infrastructure projects into strategic integrated projects, or Sips, which now numbered 18 following the recent addition of a Water and Sanitation Masterplan.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said implementation of the projects would be the most challenging. He called on industry to partner with government in achieving the country’s development goals.
“The rationale behind this approach is to do away with the bureaucratic properties and expedite the implementation part of our work.”
Zuma stated that South Africa should use what it had learned in terms of project management with its hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to successfully implement the National Infrastructure Development Plan.
"The failure to invest in basic services in black communities over the decades of colonial oppression and apartheid is a critical element in the persistence of inequality today."
He added that although the country still had a long way to go, it had made progress in improving and creating infrastructure over the past 18 years, since the advent of democracy.
Zuma further said local sourcing of construction materials for infrastructure development projects would contribute to manufacturing in South Africa, adding to job creation.
The President stressed the importance of collaboration between government, labour and the private sector in achieving the goals set by the infrastructure plan.
At the conference, various memoranda of understanding (MoUs) between the State and social partners were signed, including an MoU between the government; business associations, including Business Unity South Africa and the Black Business Council; labour organisations, including the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Federation of Unions of South Africa and the National Council of Trade Unions; as well as community organisations consisting of the South African National Civic Organisation, the Women’s National Coalition, the South African Youth Council and various organisations represented by the National Economic Development and Labour Council.
The parties committed to pursue the formalisation of a partnership to support the implementation of the National Infrastructure Development Plan.
In addition to laying the foundation for long-term growth, as well as social and economic development, the plan also formed part of the measures to counter the impact of the struggling global economy on South Africa.
“Given that our economy is so intertwined with the global economy, especially in terms of trade, we have to work on measures to stay afloat,” Zuma said.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Updated 3 minutes ago Eskom contractor Alstom on Thursday said it had successfully completed a site integration test (SIT) at the parastatal’s delayed Medupi power station, in Limpopo, further advancing the project towards its December target date for synchronisation. The SIT validated...
Updated 12 minutes ago A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reforming Eskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton...
Updated 35 minutes ago Promulgating the long-awaited local-loop unbundling (LLU) regulations would go a long way towards stimulating competition in the telecommunications sector in South Africa, Neotel MD Sunil Joshi said on Thursday. LLU, a critical inhibitor for a competitive market, had...
Recent Research Reports
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
This Week's Magazine
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
The South African new vehicle market is likely to reach around 630 000 units in 2014, down from the 650 000 units recorded in 2013, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl is also president of the National Association of...
Efforts by the Kenya government to increase energy generation by 5 000 MW over the next three years received a major boost following the award of a $2-billion contract to build a coal power plant in Lamu. Despite allegations of irregular tendering process, the...
Using crafty wordplay on a well-known Internet meme, brilliant South African-born US entrepreneur and businessperson Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors would not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wanted to use its technology. Instead,...
August new vehicle sales declined by 1.4%, to 55 722 units, compared with the same month last year. Assisted by the car rental market, the South African new passenger car market, at 37 953 units, contracted by 1 047 units, or 2.7%, compared with August last year.