The pressing need to harness the power of public infrastructure to boost economic growth and achieve national development goals is a priority at all levels of government.
With 77% of the projected R813 billion to be spent on infrastructure, government has called on the private sector to become a strategic partner in getting the most value out of every rand spent.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, in his very honest appraisal of government’s role in the suboptimal pace of project delivery, made an equally strong case for the private sector to have high expectations from the coordinated strategy involving state-owned entities, agencies, public works, human settlements, and municipal coordinating bodies geared to fix the broken links.
This edition’s Panel Discussion participants are true heroes and include GLS Consulting, Kabe Consulting Engineers, VNA Consulting, Ammann South Africa, WEC Projects, Joat Group, Sembcorp Silulumanzi, APE Pumps, Headstream Water and Vovani Water Products.
These companies actively bridge the skills and knowledge gap, and find innovative ways of transferring the value of their experience and infrastructure to the broader communities in which they work. They are shining examples of what is being called for.