MEC Jacob Mamabolo
The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery.
Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at R5.6-billion. (See pages 11, 12 and 16 of the attached document for the full list of projects).
At a launch event on March 18, head of department Makhukhu Mampuru referred to economic-impact assessment results, which found that 12 design projects would provide a number of substantial economic benefits to Gauteng, such as economic growth, the creation of jobs and poverty alleviation.
These 12 designs projects, also found in the attached document, average an economic impact of R6.1-billion in total, with about 220 000 jobs created – this includes direct, indirect and induced jobs.
Twelve construction projects, meanwhile, will provide similar benefits, but have an economic impact of R4.2-billion, with about 80 000 jobs to be created.
MEC Jacob Mamabolo, meanwhile, also unveiled the department’s Transport Infrastructure House (TIH), which is considered to be the department’s “bird’s eye view to all its infrastructure projects”.
The TIH forms part of the department’s strategy of Growing Gauteng Together Through Smart Mobility, launched in 2020.
Mamabolo explained that the TIH was “in-house capacity built within the department to drive and deliver transport infrastructure in the most efficient and effective manner, taking into account the importance of cost, the quality of the transport infrastructure and the time within which transport infrastructure projects are delivered”.
This is the core mandate of the TIH, he added, noting that the TIH was part of the implementation of the commitment that the department has made in its strategy.
The TIH will be responsible for projects relating to roads, road maintenance, taxi ranks, bus terminals, freight and logistics infrastructure, as well as rail infrastructure.
Focusing on road maintenance specifically, Mamabolo lamented the accumulated growth of potholes in the province, noting that this was largely the result of an “uncoordinated approach” to deal with the issue.
“We can’t promote smart mobility if we cannot sort out potholes,” he said as he committed to working on potholes and resolving the issue in Gauteng.
“Road maintenance must be done properly and to the best quality,” Mamabolo added.
The TIH will also work with State-owned Transnet to consider project pipelines.
However, Mamabolo lamented the overarching lack of critical skills in the industry, and the TIH will, therefore, be recruiting young people with the necessary skills so that they may assist and work within the infrastructure environment.
The Gautrain Management Agency, external consultants, professionals and industry association members currently contribute to the TIH.
The TIH will also leverage the use of smart technologies – such as those of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and drones – to monitor progress and identify potential risks of infrastructure projects.
Mamabolo said the deployment of technology and the subsequent availability of data would allow the department and TIH to “make informed decisions”, while ensuring visibility and transparency within the TIH and its projects.