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June 21 at 8.20pm; June 22 at 8.30am and 9.30pm
Each Dialogue consists of an in-depth, two-hour panel discussion with expert speakers on a specific topic, hosted by Peter Bruce, editor of Business Day. The discussion is streamed live over the internet and recorded on video. A print supplement is then published, along with an online special report, that includes a transcript of the discussion, video clips and reports on the debate and related topics written by Business Day journalists. The debate is also broadcast on Summit TV.
The commission has identified 150 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) that seek to advance rail, road, port, dams, energy transmission and electricity distribution, communications and broadband, as well as schools and hospitals. For example, state-owned companies are expected to play a crucial role, with Transnet’s seven-year plan backed by a R300bn investment whereas Eskom is driving a R440bn power infrastructure build programme.
On Tuesday, June 12, a Business Day Dialogue featured a range of CEOs and top officials from parastatals and other companies discussing the key challenges of infrastructure development in South Africa.
Who influenced the debate?
Commissioner on National Planning Commission in the Presidency
MD, Accenture South Africa's Resources Industry Group
Partner, Brunswick; Business Day columnist
CE, Accenture Southern Africa
Group executive, development planning, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Finance director, Eskom Holdings
CEO, Industrial Development Corporation
General secretary, Black Business Council
Much detail needs to be fleshed out over South Africa’s proposed multitrillion-rand infrastructure programme
How will South Africa pull off 17 strategic investment projects, made up of 645 district projects in various stages of planning?
Potential for private sector involvement in financing, building and maintenance expected to be huge
Prices of electricity, steel and fuel - major inputs in the infrastructure projects - have been rising above inflation
Public-private partnerships need to be refashioned in the face of the government's new infrastructure drive
R3,2-trillion list is still subject to feasibility studies, sequencing and financial planning
BD Dialogue: Infrastructure
BD Dialogue: Infrastructure
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma on Wednesday outlined the structure of the presidential infrastructure co-ordination committee, describing it as an "important tool" for government's ambitious build programme.
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has refused to rule out companies linked to the investment arms of political parties from participating in or bidding for tenders in South Africa's massive infrastructure build programme.
TRANSNET would be able to fund 70% of its planned capital investment over the next seven years from operating cashflows, the parastatal's acting chief financial officer Anoj Singh said on Tuesday.
SHORT-term planning and political uncertainty could slow down its R800bn infrastructure spending plan, the government admits.
WHEN the African National Congress (ANC) recalled Thabo Mbeki in 2008, the development of several projects was frozen by the new powers in the party's headquarters.
SO MUCH is now riding on state infrastructure spending as the solution to everything from SA's chronic unemployment problem to ending endemic poverty and easing the skills shortage that it is going to come as a shock to many in the government that there is no silver bullet for unemployment.
A NEW infrastructure programme to transform South Africa's cities was officially launched on Friday.
ECONOMIC Development Minister Ebrahim Patel put the government's ambitious infrastructure programme on show last week at a conference on infrastructure and development hosted by his department.
THE pace of infrastructure development is lagging behind what the country needs, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.