Makhura: E-tolls Critical for JHB Roads

Gauteng premier, David Makhura, says the money collected from e-tolls is essential in upgrading Johannesburg’s transport infrastructure.

Makhura points out that, “The financing of that infrastructure is important,” adding that “Contributions by residents of our province is important, but we have always said that issues of affordability … [should be addressed so consumers] are not over burdened with debt.”

“That’s why we’ve been looking at the issue of e-tolls to reduce the burden and make it more affordable for people to be able to pay,” he adds.

Govt Urged to Use Fuel Levy to Fund e-Tolls

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has again called on the minister of transport to establish an independent body to look into what it regards as the lack of a strong approach by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to hold construction companies to account for alleged collusive practices during the construction of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that for the past 18 months OUTA has raised concern about the issue.

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.

Japan Pledges to Invest US$30 Billion in Africa

Japan will pour US$30 billion in investment in Africa by 2018, including US$10 billion in infrastructure development.

Speaking at the opening of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, .Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, explained that, “When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to be US$30 billion."

He adds: "This is an investment that has faith in Africa's future."

Infrastructure and the Question of PIDA: Time for a Change?

It is no secret that African countries suffer from an infrastructure deficit. So far, Africa’s potential in infrastructure has not been met and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) has not done enough to address all infrastructure difficulties that Africa faces. This article looks at whether there is a need to convert PIDA into an African Infrastructure Bank in order to help Africa achieve its infrastructure and developmental goals rapidly.

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.


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