Heavy investment in South African infrastructure is key to ensure that the country is able to support a sustainable, growing economy that encourages foreign investment, says engineering, project management and business management services provider Electrical Engineering Solutions MD Bradley Hemphill.
He adds that, further to investment in infrastructure, it is vital that sustainability is embedded in the construction design from day one, which technology companies can achieve.
“Some of South Africa’s infrastructure is either very old or does not exist, which gives the country the advantage of implementing new technology from the outset of the construction process, affording South Africa the opportunity to leapfrog more advanced and developed industrialised nations,” says Hemphill.
The infrastructure in many industrial-ised countries was developed 30 years ago, which has resulted in the need for these industrialised nations to retrofit the latest developments in modern technology. However, retrofitting comes with restraints and constraints in upgrading and modernising the built environment.
Meanwhile, implementation of trusted technology in the initial infrastructure design stages examines the entire life cycle, and assists in reducing upfront capital and operating expenditure, Hemphill adds.
Technology needs to be implemented in infrastructure projects, while a working partnership between technology and construction needs to be formed at the start of a project, he says.
This will benefit future generations and enable them to fast-track South Africa’s participation in the global economy going forward.