An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network

first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 6In 2030, South Africa’s network of robust infrastructure is the bedrock of growth and job creation. This infrastructure efficiently delivers electricity, water, sanitation, telecoms and transport services, powers the economy, and supports manufacturing, trade and exports. More than that, it gives citizens the means to improve their lives and boost their incomes.   •  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Infrastructure – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 4: Economy infrastructure – the foundation of social and economic development• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• The National Infrastructure Plan • Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Infographic: Economic infrastructureInfrastructure – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa enjoys a strong network of economic infrastructure that supports the country’s economic and social objectives. Infrastructure efficiently delivers basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation, telecommunications and public transport, and is robust and extensive enough to meet industrial and commercial needs.Building an inclusive and dynamic economy requires urgent investment in rail, water and energy infrastructure. The private sector should also commit more investments to supplier industries for the infrastructure programme, and in general economic capacity.South Africa should also focus on diversifying its economic base. This should include building the capacities required to produce capital and intermediary goods for the infrastructure programme and sub-Saharan Africa.It should include development for the mining industry, combining production of capital goods, provision of engineering services, and beneficiation of natural resources.By 2030, South Africa should approach developed world status, with levels of inequality greatly reduced, including inequalities in infrastructure access, levels of service, and pricing of infrastructure-related goods and services.By 2030:• The proportion of people with access to the electricity grid should rise to at least 90% by 2030, with non-grid options available for the rest.• The country would need an additional 29 000MW of electricity by 2030. About 10 900MW of existing capacity is to be retired, implying new build of more than 40 000MW.• At least 20 000MW of this capacity should come from renewable sources.• Ensure that all people have access to clean, potable water and that there is enough water for agriculture and industry, recognising the trade-offs in the use of water.• Reduce water demand in urban areas to 15% below the business-as-usual scenario by 2030.• The proportion of people who use public transport for regular commutes will expand significantly. By 2030, public transport will be user-friendly, less environmentally damaging, cheaper and integrated or seamless.• Durban port capacity should increase from 3-million containers a year to 20-million by 2040.• Competitively priced and widely available broadband.Infrastructure – The challengesInvestment spending on infrastructure in South Africa fell from an average of almost 30% of GDP in the early 1980s to about 16% of GDP by the early 2000s. Public infrastructure spending is also at low levels by historic standards.In effect, South Africa has missed a generation of capital investment in roads, rail, ports, electricity, water, sanitation, public transport and housing.The country does have a relatively good core network of national economic infrastructure. But the challenge is to maintain and expand it to ensure inclusive economic growth.The economy has already been constrained by inadequate investment and ineffective operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Productive investment in historically black communities also continues to face constraints from inadequate logistics, water, waste removal and electricity.Current investment levels are insufficient and maintenance programmes lagging. Given the government’s limited finances, private funding will need to be sourced for some of these investments, and policy planning and decision-making will require trade-offs between competing national goals.The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) goes a long way towards achieving these goals – as does the broad PICC National Infrastructure Plan, a programme for coordinated and managed infrastructure delivery. The Infrastructure Development Act of 2014 lays the basis for further strengthening coordination of infrastructure provision as well as accelerating implementation.Infrastructure – Action requiredThe NDP’s recommendations on economic infrastructure cover financing, planning and maintenance. Both the public and private sectors can play important roles in building infrastructure, including bulk infrastructure.Specific action includes:Coal• Ensure domestic security of coal supply for existing power stations through industry compact, more comprehensive coal field planning and opening up the Waterberg for coal mining.• Invest in a new heavy-haul rail corridor to the Waterberg coal field, upgrade the central basin coal network and expand export capacity in the line to Richards Bay.Gas• Enable exploratory drilling to identify economically recoverable coal seam and shale gas reserves, while environmental investigations will continue to ascertain whether sustainable exploitation of these resources is possible. If gas reserves are proven and environmental concerns alleviated, then development of these resources and gas-to-power projects should be fast-tracked.• Incorporate a greater share of gas in the energy mix, both through importing liquefied natural gas and if reserves prove commercial, using shale gas.• Develop infrastructure for the import of liquefied natural gas, mainly for power production, over the short to medium term.Electricity• Move to less carbon-intensive electricity production through procuring at least 20 000MW of renewable energy, increased hydro-imports from the region and increased demand-side measures, including solar water heating.• Move Eskom’s system operator, planning, power procurement, power purchasing and power contracting functions to the independent system and market operator and accelerated procurement of independent power producers.• Ring-fence the electricity distribution businesses of the 12 largest municipalities (which account for 80% of supply), resolve maintenance and refurbishment backlogs and develop a financing plan, alongside investment in human capital.• Revise national electrification plan and ensure 90% grid access by 2030 (with balance met through off-grid technologies).Liquid fuels• Upgrade fuel refineries to ensure they meet new fuel quality standards and insist on larger strategic fuel stocks to ensure security of supply.• Continue to import refined fuels, ensuring that the growing deficit in petroleum products is met, and defer decision on a new refinery to 2017.Water resources• A comprehensive management strategy including an investment programme for water resource development, bulk water supply and wastewater management for major centres by 2012, with reviews every five years.• Complete phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands water project by 2020.• Timely development of several new water schemes to supply urban and industrial centres, new irrigation systems in the Umzimvubu river basin and Makhathini Flats, and a national water conservation programme to improve water use and efficiency.• Create regional water and wastewater utilities, and expand mandates of the existing water boards.Transport• Consolidate and selectively expand transport and logistics infrastructure, with key focus areas being:– Upgrading the Durban-Gauteng freight corridor, including a new port at the old Durban airport site.– Expanding capacity of the coal, iron ore and manganese lines, with consideration given to concessioning parts of this network.– Building the N2 road through the Eastern Cape.– Public transport infrastructure and systems, including the renewal of the commuter rail fleet, supported by enhanced links with road-based services.Information and communication technology• Establishing a national, regional and municipal fibre-optic network to provide the backbone for broadband access; driven by private investment, complemented by public funds required to meet social objectives.• Change the regulatory framework to ensure that Internet broadband capacity improves, prices fall significantly and access improves.Infrastructure – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.• Regulation of infrastructure improved• Reliable generation, transmission and distribution of energy• Maintenance, strategic expansion, operational efficiency, capacity and competitiveness of transport infrastructure• Maintenance and supply availability of bulk water resources infrastructure• Expansion, modernisation, access and affordability of information and communication infrastructureInfrastructure – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.GRAPHIC: MARY AEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

Portland’s CJ McCollum joins the 50-point club

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “She’s a soldier,” he said. “She’s going to have some wine with me.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises For McCollum, 50 points was enough.The Blazers guard’s final tally in the 124-108 victory over the Bulls on Wednesday night was a career high. So were his 18 field goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMcCollum also became just the second NBA player in history to score 50 or more points in less than 30 minutes , joining Golden State’s Klay Thompson. Overall, he’s the sixth player to hit the milestone this season.He acknowledged afterward that reaching the 50-point plateau was special. And indeed when he left the Moda Center, he had the game ball tucked under his arm. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH McCollum’s feat came a day after James Harden had 60 in a triple-double that led the Rockets over the Orlando Magic, 114-107.It also helped the Blazers (29-22) to their fourth straight overall victory (the first four-game winning streak of the season) and eighth straight win at home. Portland rests in sixth place in the Western Conference and appears poised to make a second-half push for playoff position.It was clear McCollum was on his game from the start. He scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter alone — besting Lillard’s previous record by a basket — including four 3-pointers. It was the most points scored in a quarter in the league this season.He punctuated the first half with a dunk, finishing the half with 32 points as the Blazers went into the break with a 67-44 lead.“Once he hit a couple of those tough ones, I was like, I mean I recognize that feeling and I saw the rhythm that he was playing with. At that point, it was just my job to make sure he got the ball in his hands as many times as possible,” Lillard said.After he sat down at the end of the third quarter, McCollum smiled when the crowd chanted his name.“I was thinking, I hope I don’t have to go back in,” McCollum said. “That means we’re not playing the way we should be playing. There was a lot of love tonight, and I appreciate it.”McCollum joined an elite group of 50-point Blazers: Lillard, Damon Stoudamire, Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Clyde Drexler and Geoff Petrie.But what made it most special for McCollum was one face in the crowd. McCollum’s 92-year-old great aunt was visiting Portland for the first time and was at the game.He planned to celebrate with her afterward. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum reacts after making a three-point basket against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. McCollum scored 28 points in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — A smile crossed CJ McCollum’s face in the fourth quarter as he sat on the bench and the hometown crowd chanted “We Want CJ!”McCollum had already collected a milestone 50 points in the game against the Chicago Bulls. The crowd wanted more.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “A lot of the elite players score 50 points, that’s just the way it is,” McCollum said. “It shows you are a really unique scorer and have a lot of abilities.”McCollum sat in the fourth quarter for obvious reasons: The game was already a rout, and risking injury in a blowout was foolhardy. Sportsmanship comes into play, too.“At that point it was a 20-, 21-point lead? You don’t want no bad karma,” said teammate Damian Lillard, who holds the franchise record with a 59-point game last season. “I was thinking about that last year when I was in Miami, I had 49, and there was a couple seconds left and something happened where I could have gone over 50, and I was like, I’d rather take 49 the right way than go out there and force 50 and something bad happens.”But even so, some of his teammates wished the show could go on.“I wanted to see him score more,” Shabazz Napier said. “That’s just me being selfish, though.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Lakers rookie Ball to miss at least two more games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more