South Africa will spend billions of rands on new infrastructure in the coming years, focusing on rail and road projects, economic links in five regions in the country, new universities and refurbished hospitals, President Jacob Zuma said in his 2012 State of the Nation address.
Addressing Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening, Zuma announced that he would convene a presidential infrastructure summit to discuss the implementation of the government’s plan with potential investors and social partners.
The government’s massive infrastructure plan would be driven and overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission which was set up in September last year.
The plan brings together ministers, premiers and mayors of the country’s metropolitan areas under the leadership of Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
“We will use the project management expertise gained during the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup to make this project a success,” he said, adding that the commission had identified and developed projects from state-owned enterprises as well as government departments.
Industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape region, and links with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal has been identified as a project by President Zuma.
To boost energy capacity, the government would continue searching for renewable energy sources, especially solar electricity and biofuels as they implement the Green Economy Accord with economic stakeholders.
The government wants to install one million solar geysers by the 2014 financial year, and had so far installed more than 220 000 solar geysers nationwide, said Zuma.
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