The decision by the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) to ramp up its investment in road infrastructure through an allocation of R70bn over the medium term will help to alleviate the decline in the important construction and engineering sectors. We share the concerns expressed recently by Business Day that an industry that was once a key driver of employment has been in steady decline since the start of the decade (“Government Has a Crucial Part To Play In Saving the Construction Industry”, March 13). However, we also share the sense of guarded optimism that accompanied the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier in 2019 that the government will contribute about R100bn over 10 years to the infrastructure fund and use this to leverage further investments from development finance institutions and the private sector. Finance minister Tito Mboweni took this approach a few steps further by clearly stating that the state is shifting its priorities towards infrastructure investme...

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