Media Statement and invite by the MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Jomo Sibiya on the role of Progressive Professionals in ensuring speed and efficiency in the rollout of socio-economic infrastructure.
28 May 2021
Durban: Since tabling Budget Speeches for both departments, I continue to receive messages of support, constructive criticism and requests for engagements from different members of society, business sector, chambers, non-governmental organizations and professional bodies.
Tomorrow 29 May at 13h00, I will engage with Progressive Professionals Forum, an important organization whose focus is to advance the interest of approximately 4 to 5 million South Africans who belong to the middle class. The members come from across all sectors of the economy and society.
Robust engagements will focus on interrogating the role of professionals in the delivery of infrastructure and human settlements across the province. I commit to utilize the intellectual powerbase available in this province and the country to ensure that we turn KZN into a land of prosperity.
We recall that the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa once outlined, in detail, a massive infrastructure programme of more than R2, 7 trillion. As KZN we want to take advantage of such massive investments.
In addition, the Premier Sihle Zikalala has continuously reminded all of us as elected public representatives and government employees to “Quicken the Tempo to Economic Recovery and Job Creation.
The Panel Discussion therefore will examine the role of professionals in ensuring efficiency and speed in the implementation of social infrastructure projects.
According to Provincial Treasury, for KwaZulu-Natal Province alone the 2021/22 total infrastructure budget allocation amounts to R16.449 billion. Of this amount, existing infrastructure assets received the largest share, approximately 57.8% (R9.514 billion).
Non-infrastructure (expenditure not directly linked to the construction of infrastructure assets) received the second largest share at R2.202 billion, while new infrastructure assets received R1.166 billion.
This massive investment is packaged in such a way that we defeat the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. These challenges have been compounded by the outbreak of COVID-19.
Please refer to the programme for the line-up of speakers.
Issued by the MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Jomo Sibiya
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