As the nation continue to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, infrastructural project has been outline as a beacon of hope that can help in recovering the economy.

The statement was made during a virtual briefing on Monday – hosted by the Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille and the head of infrastructure investment in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.

According to De Lille, work being done on infrastructure projects across the country have the potential to contribute significantly to job creation and government’s overall economic recovery plan.

The idea was birthed during the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium SA (SIDDSA) held on 23 June 2020. The symposium was a culmination of work done to collate and assess all the infrastructure projects in the country, with the intention of addressing the fragmentation and shortcomings that have led to lack of delivery in the past.

After the conclusion of the symposium, a total of 50 project was outline with an additional 12 special project that will form the Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs), in terms of the Infrastructure Development Act, No 23 of 2014, as amended.

Meanwhile, Under the SIDDSA methodology, there will be a single point of entry for all infrastructure projects across the country through Infrastructure South Africa (ISA), which is in the process of being established.

However, De Lille has also sounded a warning on the need to root out corruption in the construction sector.

Quoting her “The construction industry is also a sector that is significantly plagued by corruption and we are working on systems to prevent and detect corruption.

“Corruption steals from the poor and that is something we can ill-afford. Corruption in this crucial job creation industry must come to an end,” said the Minister.

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