Infrastructure plan 'to reverse poverty'

2012-10-25 11:43

Johannesburg - Government's R4 trillion infrastructure development plan will bring hope to South Africans and address unemployment, poverty and skills shortage, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday.

"We need to rally South Africans regarding this plan and instill confidence that measures are being pursued to address unemployment and poverty."

Gigaba was addressing delegates at the municipal infrastructure summit in Johannesburg.

Government is set to spend more than R3.7 trillion on Strategic Integrated Projects (Sips) through public-private partnerships.

He said the effects of the global economic crisis presented the country with an opportunity to stimulate its own economy and decrease dependency on developed countries and imports.

"An ambitious infrastructure programme is a powerful instrument to government to stimulate economic growth."

Government would raise infrastructure investment to over 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

President Jacob Zuma's infrastructure co-ordinating commission was in charge of the massive plan.

A supplier development summit would soon be held where government would share its infrastructure investment plans with various industries.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-25 12:02

    Lovely hyperbole. Please give us the PLAN - HOW, WHEN and HOW MUCH

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-25 12:26

      How much will go to infrastructure and how much in the back pocket???? I think 10%>>>90%

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-10-25 12:35

      The shebeens are going to make loads from that backpocket pocketing! Those dodgy tenders are already calling their friends in government!

      merkwaardig.obskuur - 2012-10-25 12:36

      R4T worth of piece jobs is not a sustainable solution to unemployment.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-25 12:36

      er - it's nearly election time folks! Remember - Our Govt cannot even affor Gauteng's new toll roads and Limpopo Book deliveries.

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-25 12:38

      "Public-Private partnerships" - aka "Public - Tenderpreneur partnerships". If done correctly, this could be massive for our country, but everyone has less and less faith in "our" Government to act in the best interest of the people, not themselves and their cronies.

      marthinus.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-25 12:39

      The ANC can have it's first trillionaire very soon. This plan will bankrupt South Africa. We struggle to pay for a few power stations. The final nail in the coffin.

      walter.o.latham - 2012-10-25 12:41

      I wonder how much of this will find its way into the various and devious ANC government ministers' pockets???

      heathway.master - 2012-10-25 12:44

      My goodness. With all that lovely cash floating around in Government coffers, I am sure Zuma can get some of his cadres to do a bit of sly book keeping so that he can be advanced funds for "NKANDLA SUN CITY 2" And if billions still left over, even manage a "INKANDLA LOST CITY 1 & 2 ) Actually, thinking of the huge sums available, his potential for further enrichment at the expense of the poor, is almost limitless. Also, the best thing is that he can never be held accountable. When he was viciously attacked in Parliament recently for his prolific spending for himself, he came up with this truly Einstein like quote “It is completely not my fault, as it was the Department of Public Works fault, as they authorised and approved that spend of tax payers money. Quite brilliant actually, coming from someone who dropped out of school in standard two.

      zambezi.river - 2012-10-25 13:54

      And u all are the same lot that said that we wouldnt pull of Soccer2010!

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-10-25 12:14

    Where do we get R4 trillion? Also , I disagree, education will do more than infrastructure.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-25 12:24

      They are hoping that we will pay the e-tolls.

      christi.roestorff - 2012-10-25 12:29

      And while everyone is being educated who will be working to pay for it?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-25 12:29

      25% might dissapear too.

      nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-10-25 12:35

      Education is one thing - the country needs infrastructure investment to stimulate the economy! This is brilliant news - and should be applauded! Roads - good roads - open up new areas/regions/ places (and existing ones if existing roads are maintained and upgraded) for tourism and other economic development - which, in turn, creates employment and further development... The key - the crucial key to all this - is infrastructure: Roads; railways; electricty supply; water supply and waste management etc - proper planning and execution.. Get this right - and the minister is indeed correct - it will help uplift millions mired in poverty and/or unemployment - and create opportunities in sectors like tourism, services industries etc etc.. :)

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-10-25 12:36

      Deon dont be silly, 75% will disappear hahaha... The alcholol companies will be seeing an increase in sales from shebeens

      gerhard.muller.988 - 2012-10-25 13:16

      They will get the R4 trillion from the taxpayers. All 4 million of us. do the maths, that's R1 million from each of us. And what will they spend the R4 trillion on? Toll roads to collect even more from us. I don't know about the other 3,999,999 other taxpayers out there but I don't earn that much in a year.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-25 14:29

      Mac Maharaj is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying: “Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed'. “OH NO!” the President exclaims. “That's terrible!” His staff are stunned at this display of emotion, they watch nervously as the President pushes his specs up the bridge of his nose with his middle finger (the offensive one) sits, head in hands. Finally, the President looks up and asks, ”How many is a brazillion?”

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-25 12:16

    What, a plan? No!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-25 12:18

    Please lay it out for us. errr how much is a trillion? Where is it going to be spent? Imagine the amount that will be spent the consultants'??? phaaa

  • Billy - 2012-10-25 12:18

    is that so? dangling a carrot in front of this old donkey again i see, to take you through the next couple of decades. "vote for us again, it will be better in 20 years" you guys keep saying you are going to do this and do that, well the first "PLANs" have come and gone, and they have failed COMPLETELY. we all know and see what happens to your "PLAN"

  • raj.nadsanem - 2012-10-25 12:20

    R3,7 Trillion devided by 8 million Tax paying enteties = R462k each. I don't think so.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-10-25 12:21

    Does anybody in the cANCer govt. know how to write 4 Trillion in numbers even? I wonder? At least 25% of that is going to fill the pockets of nepotists!

      dave.larkan.3 - 2012-10-25 12:27

      u are being very polite at 25%, I think sadly 25% will get where it was intended and the rest into pockets.

      louise.snyman.351 - 2012-10-25 13:21

      What do you mean, 25%? I would say 90%

  • george.spies - 2012-10-25 12:27

    And the money will magically just appear out of thin air, as you and your cronies stole the state coffers dry, maybe you should ask a songoma to magically produce more money, if she can't just print the amount you need, see easy!!!!, there is not even money to fix the roads you idiot, more or less 23 road projects in the Free State alone abandoned due to corruption and tender fraud, roads just left as is!!!! stop talking crap, or is it for strategic points like Nkandla then it makes total sense

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-25 12:27

    Trillion? What? Trillion? put it into education and public service first, then show the oes how to fish, you cant fish in a hostel environment

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-25 12:28

    oh my.... next curruption case .... who's going to get his hands on that heap, c'mon, who's turn is it ???

  • jack.kukard - 2012-10-25 12:28

    How many billions will be shaved of the top by the corrupt government officials , by the way we need business to receive money ,not a printing press like zimbobwe , the currency is worthless as it is , it will only get worse.With all the labour strikes and unrest I would not even invest my old toilet paper in the governments ideas.

  • tobydt - 2012-10-25 12:29

    ANC, the promise-heapers.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-25 12:33

    YES, a remedy must be implemented however:- like in Greece and Portugal and Spain, the PEOPLE are 'en masse' at every ministerial and government office door with burning bottles and burning flags as the austerity measures that follow crush them! is this SA one a "gift"? is it simply money that will be generated with a full 100% benefit to the nation and bear no cost to it? or will the tax paying citizens carry further burden for the progeny for the next 150 years? we all know the ANC is a prime candidate for creating money where there is none, simply by the flourish of a hugely inflated BEE Chancellor House Medupi style deal or eToll and Oil Import contracts and rigged deals and finally repetitive land deal budgets that just vanish into tribal air for the people on the ground to fork out for. So PLAN Please - YES a detailed plan so that the truth is understood by everyone from the outset including SUSTAINABLE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & MAINTENANCE. Not just hot air from Patel or a spurt from the shower or Davies.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-25 12:44


  • ben.alexander.16144 - 2012-10-25 12:33

    That is a lot of money to be stolen......go anc, goooooo!!!!

  • - 2012-10-25 12:37

    Eissssh Tenders : On your marks : Get Set & Steal

  • john.thelps - 2012-10-25 12:38

    It is time the government realize that the cow is getting dry!! Sounds like election talk!! Someone should tell him the Americans are in process of electing a new president not the ANC.

  • Alphykay - 2012-10-25 12:39

    Dont use infrastural terminologies n plans as a tool to achieve the unachievable. We all know dat 2 trillion will be going on ur pockets n we also know that from the remaining 2 trillion will be shared our among ur brother, sisters, girlfriends n friends as a means of tendership. Cease embezzling the tax payers money!!!

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-25 12:49

      Thats right, and come next election the majority of SA citizens will again vote for this corrupt parasitic government.... eish!!!

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-25 12:41

    If Zuma's co-ordinating commission is in charge we are heading up the creek without a paddle AGAIN

  • Kalari - 2012-10-25 12:42

    Another bark from the trees. Wonder if Gordhan knows about this. Gigaba learned in the newspapers of the resignation of the SAA Board. Don not have a clue what is going.

      dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-25 12:47

      gordhan knows and will probabilly allocate another 5b for meals for the sars.

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-10-25 12:43

    Ya,ya, about elaborating the plan...the rest is common sense.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-25 12:44

    No it won't.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-25 12:45

    Ja, jacob zuma's infrastructure co-ordinating commission was in charge!! so I take it all tenders (if any) will go to BEE/zuma/anc partnerships??

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-25 12:46

    LOL, 99% for administration and corruption and if lucky 1% for service delivery and supposedly poverty elimination.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-25 12:47

    no need to outline the plan to us we already have an idea, like building Nkandla international airport, Nkandla 5km stretch highway with security guards after every 100m, Nkandla national stadium and Nkandla 5* hotel (but only for heads of state including Obama, Mugabe and Jackson Mthembu)oooohhh wait a minute how can i forget a wedding ceremony every week for JZ (that too) and a private dam for his shower supply - yeah that should cost round about R4 Trillion with Khulubuse being the Project Manager

      louise.snyman.351 - 2012-10-25 13:26

      Ai man, I lOVE you

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-25 15:54

      Tshepo. I love you too.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-25 12:48

    And where are they going to get this 4 Trillion. Let me guess, another hair brained scheme involving some other E system. Pity they could not have done this over the last 20 years instead of wasting our money. This is crisis management right now and not sound planning.

  • casskot - 2012-10-25 12:55


  • maxine.crosskill - 2012-10-25 13:13

    What about BBE though? You talk about a skills shortage, however in some instances you wont employ people that may be right for the job because of the colour?

  • louise.snyman.351 - 2012-10-25 13:17

    Dear Malusi, that sounds wonderful. I wonder though if it will ever happen or will the money dissapear again into zuma and his buddies pockets for personal villiges?

  • koos.strydom.923 - 2012-10-25 13:19

    I normally take these comments "tongue in cheek" but this dude Malusi Gigaba is quite a bit sharper than the rest. In my books he still gets the benefit of the doubt. Let's see the plan and let's see the results.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-25 13:34

    All you want to do is rob Peter to pay for Sipho. Problem is that is Peter had the money he would have spent it much more wisely, as opposed to the idiot regime who first takes the cream of the top.

  • raymond.billson - 2012-10-25 13:41

    The only upgrade for the poverty stricken will be in the pockets of the ANC elite, the cadres and affiliated families, members of parliament,friends,children, dogs, cats etc. As we have seen in the last 18 years. As it is said: a leopard does not change it's spots. The richer get richer and the poorer get pooorer.

  • Errol Mathebula Wakhindlimuka - 2012-10-25 14:02

    which means R3trillion is going to zuma's pocket, corruption

  • Karel du Toit - 2012-10-25 14:29

    reverse poverty? how? some people will build roads and buildings with all the extras, how can that reverse poverty?! are you only going to employ jobless poor people to construct everything?

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-25 14:40

    So, while this massive infrastructure roll out is going on, people still don,t have houses, water, electricity and sewerage system?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-25 15:47

    R4trillion. Wow, how much will actually be spend and how much will find it's way into the pockets of thieves and robbers.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-25 16:43

    So the greedy cANCer have moved up from millions to billions and now TRILLIONS. Shew, where does all this money come from, cause I'm battling to buy jus bread and milk.

  • Maketa Khayalakhe Khekhe - 2012-10-25 16:54

    politicians are going to benefit drastically on this 1 thats the only reason 4 the existence of this plan nothing more

  • IcemanGP - 2012-10-25 17:04 ... This jus gives you an idea what ONE TRILLION looks like.

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