1 The Select Committee on Trade and Industry, Economic Development, Small Business Development, Tourism, Employment and Labor, as well as the Select Committee on Transportation, Public Administration and Services, Public Works and Infrastructure have strongly emphasized the need for collaboration between government and the private sector.
2 sector in infrastructure development to boost economic recovery projects in the Northern Cape. The committees are on a week-long supervision visit to the province to assess the implementation and direct impact of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery, as well as the implementation of high-impact infrastructure development projects in the province.
3 The committees have expressed their observation that mining companies are generating massive dividends from their business in the area, but are not contributing to infrastructure development in the same area to attract more investment in the John Taolo Gaetsewe municipal district.
4 The committees also highlighted the negative impact of increased truck movement on the area’s road infrastructure, a situation that, they said, requires significant collaboration from all relevant actors inside and outside the province.
5 “A benefit derived from mining in the area must be enjoyed by the people of the area where the mine exists.
6 With 80% of the world’s manganese resources existing in the Northern Cape, 13% of zinc exports, 95% of South Africa‘s diamond production, the province is supposed to have impeccable quality and infrastructure, but to the contrary , the infrastructure is crumbling in the province at the moment.
8 The committees welcomed the intention to develop the Boegoebaai deepwater port and related rail infrastructure, as it will inevitably enhance export, stimulate economic growth and improve cargo movement.
9 The committees are of the opinion that the huge investment required for these projects really requires a dynamic and concrete collaboration between the government, the private sector and other critical actors.
10 The committees have emphasized their concern that, despite the launch of the District Development Model, there remains a narrow and isolated approach to development in the area.
11 “We encourage all spheres of government to increase joint planning to avoid duplication and waste.
12 According to the committees, joint efforts will ensure the achievement of shared goals that will ultimately benefit the people of the province and South Africa as a whole,” said Mr. Mandla Rayi, Chairman of the Select Committee on Trade, Industry, Tourism and Economic Development.
13 The lack of funding for the program at the local government level has been raised as a concern that requires immediate solutions.
14 While the committees acknowledge the fiscal challenges currently prevailing in the country, they noted that impressive integrated development plans are nothing without the necessary financing for their implementation.
15 The indication of the potential of renewable energies in the province should also be used as an added advantage to the economic reactivation program.
16 The committees have also highlighted the need for investment in transmission infrastructure.
17 As for small and medium businesses, the committees have asked the municipality and the Department of Public Works to make available infrastructure to house these MSMEs and enhance their potential to succeed.
18 Notwithstanding the notable impediments and challenges that stand in the way, the committees expressed their satisfaction with the plan to boost economic recovery and called for its implementation.
19 The committees will visit the Kudumane Magistrate’s Office and Kele Mining Solutions today.