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Gauteng Infrastructure Development entrusted to utilize R2, 5 billion

2017/06/26 Rofhiwa Marubini
​With the allocation of R2.5 billion for the 2017/2018 financial year, the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development is committed to implementing infrastructure development projects in a speedy and prudent manner.
The department is responsible for construction, maintenance and refurbishment of new and existing social institutions such as schools, hospitals, clinics, community centers, recreation facilities, libraries, nature reserves, and heritage sites.
Speaking at the Gauteng Legislature on Monday, MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo said the department was committed to delivering.
MEC Mamabolo said they would undertake timeous and proactive maintenance interventions; deliver on CAPEX(Capital Expenditure) projects on time, within budget and acceptable quality standards; implement flagship projects; coordinate Extended Public Works Programmes in the Province; and dispose of non-core assets.

The Department will also be managing R1 billion for infrastructure projects on behalf of client departments. The budget allocation is 73% lower than the 2016/2017 financial year.

Speaking to the maintenance interventions, the department is committed to improve the overall Condition Assessment Ratings for 28 hospitals in the Gauteng City Region  by 2019. “These hospitals includes Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Dr George Mukhari Hospital, Steve Biko Academic Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,” He said.

As part of the process of developing the Infrastructure Asset Register, the department conducted condition assessments on 5,088 facilities, the process that assisted in identifying facilities that require various forms of maintenance.
MEC Mamabolo said the department has ensured that it delivers on its key mandate of delivering social infrastructure by completing the construction of eight schools during the year.

“We are proud to say that we have concluded the construction at the Everest Primary School, Mokone Maruping Primary School, Ga-Rankuwa Primary School, Bophelong Secondary School, Nellmapius Secondary School, Rethabiseng Primary School, Braamfisherville Primary School and Moses Kotane Primary School.  Said MEC Mamabolo

MEC Mamabolo said the rejuvenation of the inner City of Johannesburg is a huge milestone towards achieving the transformation of the Inner City. MEC Mamabolo said the Expanded Public Works Programme will undergo rebranding and will be housed under the new umbrella Ntirhisano Job Creation Programme. The programme will also house youth job creation programs such as Tshepo 1 million and initiatives targeted at women, and enterprise development for SMMEs.

The department is introducing the 12-point plan of action, to transform DID so that it achieves the overarching themes of Transformation, Modernization and Re-Industrialization (TMR) Programme.