Mounting costs and opportunity
Without basic infrastructure to deliver energy and water, and to facilitate mobility and communication, South Africa’s growth prospects will remain constrained. Greenfield and brownfield investment will also not materialise at the pace and scale needed to stimulate the mass employment required to begin addressing the country’s social scourges. While the costs of these backlogs are mounting, some optimism can be drawn from the fact that, from energy and transport to digital communications, government and its State-owned enterprises are moving in a direction that will open some of these sectors to new investors. If well managed, it is even possible that these partnerships could result in a private, fixed investment boom and that the infrastructure required to stimulate future productive investment will begin to materialise.
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