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Invest in people vs roads and buildings

14 May 2014, 07:14

Infrastructure Investment in Rural Villages

Our country is faced with serious challenges of under-development and poverty, rural areas are the worst hit by these challenges with youth unemployment sitting at close to 70%. The country needs to relook at how the infrastructure investment can be made such that we address the long term  . We need rural development plans that will respond to these by using existing funding to drive rural development

As a country we have reached a stage where South Africa must rethink some of the current Infrastructure investment programmes in municipal infrastructure build, electrification, housing investments in order to link these to rural development, skills development, sustainable job creation and uplifting the lives of rural communities.

Currently government is investing between R65,000 and R85,000 per family to build a house for qualifying indigent household in the rural villages. As much as this investment is appreciated more work must be done to refocus it in a manner that will have long term benefits and deal with the triple challenges facing South Africa.

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