SANRAL Makes Submission to e-Toll Panel

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is expected to make more submissions to the e-tolls advisory panel sitting in Pretoria.

Earlier this month, the agency told the panel that it had spent 95 percent of its budget on maintaining the road network in South Africa.

SANRAL chief executive officer, Nazir Ali, suggested that more goods must be transported by rail.

DBSA, EU Launch Infrastructure Fund

The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, Roeland van de Geer, and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) chief executive officer, Patrick Dlamini, have launched the R1.5 billion ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA).

The purpose of IIPSA is to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in the southern African region.

Call for Govts to Invest in Human Capital

The Strategic Studies Group of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) has held its inaugural meeting in Lusaka with delegates calling on governments to invest in indigenous human capital and institutions on the continent.

ACBF executive secretary, Emmanuel Nnadozie, says Africa is at the centre of an investment boom that countries on the continent should grasp and take advantage of to enhance economic development.

Ikhayalami: Architect

Ikhayalami is a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. 

Ikhayalami Development Services focuses on innovative approaches to architectural design and urban environments that draw on the complex dynamics of informal cities.

Ikhayalami seeks to appoint an Architect, based in Cape Town.

Does the Funding of Infrastructure Projects Have a Tangible Benefit for Development?

While it is true that infrastructure grants are not usually quick-win grants and they often have a higher risk attached to them, they can be of significant value to the development sector, as a recent Anglo American Chairman’s Fund review revealed.

The fund recently reviewed its support of infrastructure over the past 15 years. The review found infrastructure to have a meaningful impact on development, but the importance of the approach to infrastructure grant-making was emphasised.

Ikhayalami: Architect Intern

Ikhayalami is a nonprofit organisation whose primary aim is to develop and implement affordable technical solutions for Informal Settlement Upgrading. These are designed, where appropriate, to be embedded into a community-driven process and scaled up with the support of the State. The organisation areas of focus include: research and development, upgrading of shelters, infrastructural development, and community facilities, blocking-out (reconfiguring settlement wide layouts), disaster response and sales to the public.

African Vision Research Institute: Research Officer

The African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) is a research Institute, affiliated to the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The organisation aims to reduce the burden of blindness and visual impairment in Africa by conducting research that is relevant to disease control, human resource development and infrastructure development.

AVRI seeks to appoint a Research Officer, based in Durban.

The Research Officer will provide research and technical support to the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) on all eye health research activities.


NGO Pressurises DBE on Desks and Chairs

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, remains under pressure from two non-government organisations (NGOs) that are demanding that she improve the education system.

SECTION27 - which fought her on the non-delivery of textbooks to schools last year, especially in Limpopo - now wants her to ensure that desks and chairs are provided for 200 000 pupils in the province.

The NGO is also monitoring the department's efforts to improve sanitation at schools after 414 were found to be in urgent need of ablution facilities.

Transport Minister Defends e-Tolls

Transport Minister, Ben Martins, says e-tolling is needed to pay for and maintain infrastructure critical to South Africa's future economic growth.

Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Martins pointed out that, “The South African economy requires infrastructure to develop and grow, create jobs and to fight the scourge of unemployment and inequality."

He was speaking during the debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which is necessary before e-tolling can take place in Gauteng or anywhere else.


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