State infrastructure activity at local level
THE government’s ambitious but slow infrastructure spending programme has been focused on municipal needs, South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) president Norman Milne said on Thursday. "While civil engineering work has struggled in a slow-growing economy and low budgetary allocations from the government, we have seen greater activity in municipal work," he said. The state announced a R4-trillion infrastructure plan last year, with roll-out expected in the next 15 years.
And firms involved in the construction industry complained that development of municipal infrastructure, which would provide them with low cost, consistent work, was still too slow to get off the ground. They said that the paper work around tenders for such projects had been cumbersome and the process long-winded, Mr Milne said.
These included the building of basic housing, and water reticulation and sewerage works. "The tender process is heavily complicated.
It’s too complicated for municipal work. Safcec had recently proposed its Adopt a Municipality initiative.
This was to get experts in multiple sectors to look at individual needs of municipalities. "Because tenders for basic projects needed by many municipalities — especially those in poor areas — are so political, or just slow to get going, the construction industry just loses out," said Fred Platt, CEO of AltX-listed Accentuate.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day