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INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT REVEALS SA IS MAKING STRIDES BUT MAINTENANCE IS CRUCIAL

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INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT REVEALS SA IS MAKING STRIDES BUT MAINTENANCE IS CRUCIAL
To mark Transport Month, The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) launched its third Infrastructure Report for South Africa. The report focusses on the state of South Africa’s Roads and Rail, Water Supply and Distribution, Electricity, Schools and Universities, Sanitation and Wastewater, as well as Solid Waste Management. Notable highlights from the report include:

  • The overall grade awarded for the state of South Africa’s infrastructure in 2017 is D+.
    (A = World-class; B = Fit for the Future; C = Satisfactory for Now; D = At Risk of Failure, and E = Unfit for Purpose)
  • Efficient maintenance of infrastructure is critical. If infrastructure is mismanaged by a lack of maintenance, the functional life-span will decline. Roads will deteriorate and the cost of repair can be up to 6 times more expensive
  • Paved Metropolitan roads received a C -, whereas Provincial, Metropolitan and Municipal gravel roads received an E. As far as Rail is concerned, Heavy-Haul Freight was given a B+ and a D+ was given for Passenger Lines (PRASA)
  • There is a clear link between well-maintained public infrastructure and the social and economic health of a country. In light of this, infrastructure is regarded as a public asset and its condition should be of interest to all. Maintenance of existing infrastructure and development of new infrastructure require regular monitoring to ensure growth
  • If infrastructure is mismanaged by a lack of maintenance, the functional life-span will decline. Roads will deteriorate and costs of repair can be up to 6 times more expensive
  • The state of a nation’s infrastructure provides one of the best indicators of its likely prosperity. For South Africa, as a developing nation, its engagement in the global economy is neither advanced or constrained by the state of its infrastructural capabilities

Well maintained and efficient transport networks are critical for the Travel and Tourism sector to thrive. Increasing the ease of mobility around South Africa and investing in developing infrastructure in rural areas will also make it easier for the domestic traveler to ‘hit the road’ and explore parts of South Africa they have never seen.

Article source: The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE)

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