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The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has written to President Ramaphosa to advise him to focus infrastructure investment in the Post-Covid19 period on projects that will support jobs and the economy.

Since government’s resources will be extremely limited in the post-Covid period, it will be vital to ensure that interventions are carefully prioritised and well-targeted to support jobs and the economy.

The first of a series of Advisory Notes from SAAE focuses on securing reliable water supplies to sustain the economy. It identifies opportunities for social partnerships that will help to complement Government’s limited human and financial resources.

“Targeted action in the water sector can make an important contribution to help South Africa recover from COVID” says the SAAE.

“Investment in water infrastructure can build long term resilience through partnerships that kickstart economic activity, create jobs and ensure that all of our compatriots have enough safe, accessible and reliable water.”

But the SAAE emphasises that projects must be carefully selected and properly implemented:

“Post-COVID plans must tackle the right issues in the right way to put the country back onto a more sustainable development path.”

It suggests the tried and tested project finance mechanisms used by the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) for the Lesotho Highlands and other projects. These allow water users to fund major projects with limited recourse to government’s budget. The involvement of private sector water users also helps to ensure efficient design, implementation and operation.

For further information, contact:-

  1. Prof Mike Muller    Cell 082 807 3531  E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Mr Neil Macleod    Cell 083 274 6990  E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Dr Trueman Goba   Cell 082 574 6677 E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. Mr Bob Pullen          Cell 083 625 7677 E mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.