Presidency announces Zuma’s ‘Mr Delivery’ timeline

2013-10-09 16:11

President Jacob Zuma will be unveiling at least six infrastructure programmes between now and the end of November, the presidency has confirmed.

City Press on Sunday reported that one of the ANC’s elections campaign plans was to put Zuma forward as the face of government’s infrastructure delivery to show the party as one that delivers in government.

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This follows the party’s lekgotla, where Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel recommended that Zuma head the unveiling of more than 50 projects that were “announcement-ready” by February.

Zuma’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, in a statement this afternoon said the infrastructure roll-out followed the launch of the infrastructure programme in 2012 by Zuma in his state of the nation address.

Infrastructure build is coordinated centrally in the presidency through the presidential infrastructure coordinating commission, chaired by Zuma.

“Government has begun a programme of officially opening those projects that have neared completion,” Maharaj said.

These projects include:

» Official reopening of the Grootvlei Power Station last month;

» Yesterday Zuma opened the R81 from Polokwane to Giyani;

» October 19 – Inanda/Ntuzuma/KwaMashu KwaZulu-Natal bridge city infrastructure project;

» October 31 – official handover ceremony of operator permit for Saldanha IDZ Saldanha;

» November 02 – site visit and launch of De Hoop Dam, Sekhukhune;

» November 5 – unveiling of automotive wagons, Port Elizabeth;

» November 19 – launch of Spring Grove Dam, Nottingham Road; and

» November 22 – opening of Ladybrand hospital.

Ministers have also been officially opening projects. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has been opening one school a week in the Eastern Cape to replace mud schools.

“By investing in infrastructure, government is boosting job creation and economic growth. Government’s infrastructure investment will allow the South African economy over the longer term to increase in productivity and become more competitive,” said Maharaj.

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