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South Africa plans $20.5 billion of public works to spur economy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 28, 2020
South Africa is planning projects worth $20.5 billion in sectors such as transport, energy and water as it looks to drive an economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, a top official in the governing African National Congress (ANC) said.
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Paul Mashatile, the ANC’s treasurer general, told a video conference organised by think tank Chatham House that the infrastructure projects would soon be approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet after talks with the private sector and multilateral development banks.

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The projects would focus on areas such as railways, ports, energy, information technology, water and sanitation and housing, he added.

“It is clear that given the scale of the damage to our economy, the post-COVID-19 reconstruction effort will be no mean feat,” Mashatile said.

Enoch Godongwana, who heads the ANC’s economic transformation subcomittee, told the same video conference that the government hoped to stimulate economic demand via the infrastructure programme, drawing on lessons from the 2010 soccer World Cup the country hosted.

“Global trade is going to be subdued, therefore exports will be minimal, we have got to look at how we stimulate demand in our given circumstances,” Godongwana said.