Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille detailed some of the infrastructure projects the government plans to introduce as a source of mass employment in South Africa.
In a presentation Thursday (October 29), De Lille said the government’s economic stimulus plan has produced a “ credible pipeline of infrastructure projects across the country ” that are not only transactional in nature, but s ‘also attack “ social, economic and spatial injustices”. the past.
“The construction sector has been hit the hardest by the deterioration of the economy and by Covid-19 with a contraction of -14.2% in the construction sector,” she said.
“Since the end of 2019, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has worked closely with the Presidency’s Office of Infrastructure and Investments to build a pipeline of infrastructure projects that will completely transform the landscape of our towns, villages and rural areas. areas.
“The infrastructure investment plan focuses on the implementation and investment in the short, medium and long term.”
The first phase of the infrastructure investment plan includes projects from all three spheres of government, public enterprises and the private sector.
50 infrastructure projects have been identified ready for investment and implementation. Twelve other special projects, five of which had an additional goal of mass employment, were identified in the plan. All 62 were then classified in the Official Journal as Integrated Strategic Projects (SIP) in July 2020.
De Lille has described in more detail four of the projects below.
Project 29 – over 52,000 jobs
The special integrated project 29 is known as the Comprehensive Urban Management Program and will be implemented in 44 districts and 8 metros to clean up towns and villages.
“SIP 29 is carried out by the National Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in collaboration with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency (MISA), using the systems of the development model district, ”said De Lille.
She said the program will employ and maintain 52,000 jobs over the next three years, while providing training and skills development to contribute to the sustainability and longevity of employment after the program.
This translates to around 1,000 jobs per district, starting with Vhembe District Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, she said.
“The activities will be carried out locally, allowing participants to earn an income while contributing to their community in tasks such as cleaning up our towns and townships.”
Recruitment is to be carried out using the Covid-19 social grants database coupled with the indigent grant databases of the respective local municipalities.
“The identified priority areas that need to be addressed in the urban management plan will be determined through social facilitation with local communities, district champions and local champions. “
Project 30 – 10,000 jobs
The special integrated project 30 is the digitization of the government information program.
De Lille said this project is led by the Civil Service and Administration Department and focuses on accelerating job creation in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the project would do so by creating mass employment opportunities for 10,000 unemployed young graduates to digitize government records on paper.
Project 26 – over 4000 jobs
The special integrated project 26 is the special program for the rehabilitation and modernization of rural roads.
The program, which also has a mass public employment component, specifically focuses on innovative local technologies, using labor-intensive methods and local materials, De Lille said.
“Over 4,000 jobs will be created in the maintenance and construction of labor-intensive rural roads, with a method that focuses on local conditions and helps communities in the upkeep and maintenance. .
“The 200 kilometers of roads initially identified are in rural areas of the Eastern Cape, Northwest, Limpopo, Free State and KwaZulu Natal.”
Project 25 – unspecified
The special integrated project 25 is the Welisizwe rural bridges program.
De Lille said the project is a partnership between the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure for the installation of bridges over rivers to allow safe crossing of communities and, in many cases , from children to schools and health facilities as well as Opportunities.
“The publication of this program in the Gazette made it possible to extend the deployment of the bridges. The delivery program, subject to the finalization of the financing which is imminent, is for the installation of 14 bridges by March 2021 and 170 in the following 12 months, ”she said.
The plan calls for the installation of 400 bridges in three years, the priority provinces being the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and the Free State.
“The intention is for the immediate term to use existing funding and technology while a new procurement process is initiated. This process will explore innovative technologies and financing options in national and international markets. “
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