2017/01/18 Gopolang Leepile
Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo has told delegates of the first ever United Nations Data Forum (UNDF) that his department is “sharp-bending the infrastructure delivery pipeline”.
The department was invited to the four-day conference, which started on 15 January and ends today, 18 January, following the launch of its state-of-the-art electronic monitoring hub for government infrastructure projects called Lutsinga Infrastructure House.
Mamabolo said Gauteng is under immense pressure to deliver high quality infrastructure and Lutsinga Infrastructure House has brought a radical turnaround in the institutional and organisational culture relating to project management.
“It is a room integrating five of our core data management systems generating critical business intelligence that allows for a data-centric, insight-driven proactive approach to Project Management.
“Centralised dashboards display critical data aggregated from all our operations and has automated our infrastructure delivery core process in the Province,”said MEC Mamabolo.
He said that government needs to make sure that managers change their reporting habits and account to their project management.
“We needed to bring transparency and visibility to the management environment and build our capacity to fight and root out corruption,” added MEC Mamabolo.
The National Development Plan has identified infrastructure as the key driver of economic growth, employment and a tool to change the spatial landscape inherited from Apartheid.
The project nerve centre houses the Immovable Asset Register including properties and land parcels that are critical for all built and construction projects, the Expanded Public Works Programme Dashboard And Infrastructure Monitor that measures and reports on the socio-economic impact of the Department’s work.