SA to get 18 infrastructure projects

2012-10-19 12:02

Johannesburg - Government has identified 18 infrastructure projects to take place in South Africa in the next 10 to 20 years, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Friday.

He said 645 projects were identified by the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission and these had been streamlined to 18 strategic infrastructure projects.

The projects were estimated at R4 trillion over the next 15 years.

Patel presented the government plans to the delegates at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg and emphasised that partnerships between government and the private sector were crucial in seeing these projects come to life.

One of the projects would be the unlocking of the northern mineral belt, with Waterberg as the catalyst in Limpopo.

The multi-billion rand project entailed unlocking mineral resources, and the development of rail, water pipeline, energy generation and transmission infrastructure.

Patel said the area had 18 billion tonnes of coal, 6323 tonnes of platinum, 5,5 tonnes of chromite and 3611 tonnes of palladium lying untapped.

Government would build a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa's main industrial hubs.

A total of 122 nursing colleges would be built nationally and two new universities would be built in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape.

Six hospitals would be built to improve the public health system.

Other projects would include improving road infrastructure, housing development, information technology and linking rural infrastructure with cities.


  • Billy - 2012-10-19 12:20

    yea ive heard this before, 18 years later half of the work is done and 150% of the money is just missing. the people responsible get off the hook or transfered to another department. - 2012-10-19 12:26

      Tenderpreneurs line up. On your marks, get set, Pillage!

      art5SA - 2012-10-19 20:35

      Are the CADRE'S smiling or what? Just think of the WEALTH that will be available to the TOP ANC leaders.... Not to mention the SACP, COSATU and all the other "AFFILIATES"... ROFLMAO!!!!

  • frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-19 12:20

    One project is the large scale development of the bustling metropolis of Nkandla

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-19 12:27

      i believe the planned road to Nkandla is budgeted to cost R500 million...

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-19 18:42

      Replete with bullet-proof windows. An affirmation that wherever JZ goes, violent crime is sure to follow

      art5SA - 2012-10-19 20:35

      Fransvisser... ROAD HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED!!!!!

  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-19 12:23

    Build fire proof court houses!

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-10-19 12:24

    Yay - more lolly for connected ANC cadres, and precious little ever done. Meanwhile the poor, who are robbed daily by the ANC, actually continue to vote them back into power. Does not compute......

  • trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-10-19 12:25

    Two words.EMPTY PROMISES.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-19 12:27

    In other words brace urselves for more curruption in the next 20 years.

      willem.els - 2012-10-19 13:04

      Corruption will be taken to a new level to for this as well.

  • odupreez - 2012-10-19 12:29

    A 4 with 18 zeros behind it, 266,667billion per year it's just not going to happen. the current infrastructure is falling apart. And even if they manage to obtain overseas loans the money will be gone before a stitch of work is completed.

      piet.hannibol - 2012-10-19 13:15

      Converted in to Merc's, Beemers and Audi's

      art5SA - 2012-10-19 20:37

      Not to forget LANDIES!!!

  • stanley.millar7 - 2012-10-19 12:32

    When will they stop planning and start raising funds for these projects and implement them.

  • jackey.moss - 2012-10-19 12:38

    Headline Should read: Nkandla to get 18 infrastructure projects

  • declan.kelly.54 - 2012-10-19 12:46

    Ah. I was wondering why Limpopo has been in the news so much over the last few months...

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-19 12:48

    I am sure they are already planning the tax hikes to fund all this, off course making sure there is enough for kickbacks and blatant theft as well.

  • neo.motsepe - 2012-10-19 12:48

    BEE/Corruption-led infrastructure projects that is. Thanks for the info Mr Patel.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-10-19 13:01

    I think it should be mandatory to probe every project by government by default.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-19 13:05

    Very pleased to hear this. But please be sure to budget according to current tax income and don't try and make us pay for it as an additional Tax like you've tried with e-Toll.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-19 13:16

    Oh wow that is wonderful. So Zuma gets 9 and Malema gets 9.

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-10-19 13:39

    Now you are talking!!!, pls keep the pirates at bay.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-10-19 13:53

    More tolls

  • steven.lyons.900 - 2012-10-19 13:56

    I am currently at the conference where the infrastructure roll-out plan is being discussed. I have heard the historical lip-service about these projects for the past 5 - 10 years. But this time, I believe that they have got their act together and their stratergy to acheive their objectives is very plausible. My concern is that the engineers are being placed on a pedestal to lead these projects. Historically, the very same engineers have been responsible for major projects running over budget, over-time, plus being plain ugly. Engineers are well trained to design the engineering aspects, but experts should be utilized for the rest of the skills required to deliver the infrastructure projects on budget, on time and looking half-decent. Quantity Surveyors are epert in drawing up and maintaining budgets and drafting enforceable contracts. Project Managers are sxperts in co-ordinating the entire team to ensure timeous completion. Architects are experts in construction asthetics. Only a team effort can deliver the goods from concept to completion.

  • mncedi - 2012-10-19 14:08

    Interesting only yesterday you supported the call for the freezing of bonuses and pay hikes due to the downgrading of the country by Moody and S

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-19 14:10

    Eh, you forgot to mention the expected increase, cause when the projects start 4 trilion will turn to 10 trillion this include kickbacks. Anc members must be jubilent now, more tenders. Suck the taxpayer until hes pockets are empty.

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 17:33

      If you let it. Something has to give. Tax payers has given enough ??

  • deeps1910 - 2012-10-19 14:18

    Tenderpreneurs prepare yourselves for the loot of your lives....

      arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 17:35

      Party party party. No hope of getting in on the act. What to do, to do, to do, to do ??

  • Richard Tichauer - 2012-10-19 14:22

    more hospitals? they cant even maintain and supply funds to the current ones

  • Jenny Nel Van Niekerk - 2012-10-19 14:27

    soooo.. will there be a new infrastructure toll imposed on us once all the infrastructure is completed?

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-19 14:39

    If you can't handle corrupt government move back to Europe! This is Africa, we do things the African way. Quit hating on the ANC, they are here until Jesus comes. Amandla baby!!! Get with it or get out.

      geraldsebanda - 2012-10-19 15:48

      well said P.Stain

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-10-19 15:04

    Who represents SMME at Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference? No intentional with link SMME infrastructure will only enrich a few. Connect with SASMEF

  • annalene.nel - 2012-10-19 15:09


  • Blixum - 2012-10-19 17:54

    5,5 tonnes of chromite in the Waterberg? Hahahah Very funny. You will find that amount of chrome on a few taxis and street racers in Laudium and Lenasia.

  • raymond.oppert - 2012-10-20 09:28

    They will probably put e-tolls at the gate of the hospital to recover costs you already have paid towards. Death and taxes.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-20 10:14

    How many times have we heard this, and it never materializes because there are no funds. Now we hear the same again over how many years, what is this going to do for the people who are unemployed at the moment. For goodness sake, are they so darn blind that they wont wake up to their failings. Stop the BBEE AA EE take a whip to the Unions and stop interfering in business, educate educate and educate. In the meantime, by doing this people will expand their business and more people will be employed. There is a lot of small business people who dont want to expand for the reasons I have mentioned above, relax some of the red tape and it will start things will start to flow. The way things are now, you have sandbanked the river, it cannot flow.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-20 17:32

    Wow, another handful of billionaires in the making. Bet some of the armaments deal boys will be there. Nothing left for he common working man then!!

  • danie.smit.587 - 2012-10-21 13:12

    arms deal money finish and Escoms money not enough?Needmore ?

  • erena.slabbert - 2012-10-21 15:20

    Ahhh wont hold my breath all you ar in to is Nuks and Fracking

  • mothakge - 2012-10-25 12:39

    I am delighted to hear that, reminds of my joy and excitement when i first heard of the is it going along? if its not tender fracas its corruption and maladministration of public funds...i bet you this is JZ's cut before he retires, just give him R1trillion Diamond studed handshake and let him vacate office coz its gonna take him a few years to siphon it off public funds, involving court cases and interdicts that will cost tax payers heavily, just sign a cheque and let the professionals deal with these projects.

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