President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message to the infrastructure sector in 2018 was hopeful: infrastructure investment was critical for economic growth, job creation, service delivery and small business empowerment. We saw a commitment to investing in new roads, power stations and schools. The president recognised poor project implementation as a challenge to achieving the country’s infrastructure development goals. Steps would be taken to remedy this challenge by assembling a team to speed up implementation of new projects, particularly for water projects, health facilities and road maintenance. Ancillary to poor project implementation, but just as important were cost overruns and project delays. Although valuable lessons were learnt in building new infrastructure, the president would focus on improving budget spend, and monitoring systems to improve project integration, and build a broad compact on infrastructure between the private sector and organised labour. This earmarked a clear opp...

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