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LIVE ARCHIVE: Sidssa, SA’s infrastructure-led growth recovery plan

The inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa.
Convenor of the event, President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: Moneyweb

This event saw in-depth debate on the latest developments around finance, sustainable infrastructure and the impact of new technology before drilling more deeply into specific sectors, including energy, cities and transport, with case studies showcasing ground-breaking projects, advanced technologies and emerging funding structures.

The ‘Marketplace’ – a networking platform for leaders in infrastructure to pitch their ideas, projects or solutions to stakeholders across the value chain – was a key feature.

The economic fallout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for key role players in the infrastructure universe to stimulate the economy through infrastructure investment. This will boost the economy in the short term, and in the long term provide societal benefits such as employment and spatial integration.

The World Economic Forum highlights that when 1% of GDP is invested in infrastructure, economic output increases by about 0.4% in the same year and by 1.5% four years later.

Sidssa seeks to, inter alia, create a sustainable and unique structured approach that galvanises funders, policy makers, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and the private sector to address fundamental challenges with regards to: rebuilding technical and financial engineering capacity in government; development of a detailed and integrated infrastructure investment plan and project pipeline; initiate policy and regulatory reforms to accelerate infrastructure investments; rethink the public sector financing space; and revise the public sector infrastructure institutional framework.

The symposium was structured to explore these and other key issues under the theme ‘South Africa’s infrastructure-led economic growth recovery plan post Covid-19’.

Visit the official website for more information here.

Sidssa programme overview

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TIME TOPIC AND PANELLISTS
10:00 – 13:30 Opening and Presidential Round-Table Discussion

Opening & Welcome: Welcome remarks by Minister Patricia de Lille

Background & Context: The Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium: the concept, methodology, and objectives

Keynote Address: Presidential address by H.E. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa

Presidential Round-Table Discussion: H.E. Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts a round-table discussion with imminent leaders and key role players in the infrastructure universe

Physical Attendees
H.E. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
H.E. Deputy President David Mabuza
Minister Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works
Mr Enoch Gondongwana, DBSA Board Chairperson (MDB)
Mr Leslie Maasdorp, Vice-President: New Development Bank (MDB)
Mr Martin Kingston, Vice-President: BUSA (Organised Business)
Mr Sandile Zungu, President: Black Business Council (Organised Business)
Ms Renosi Mokate, Convener of the Presidential Economic Policy Advisory Council
Mr Jacko Maree, Investment Envoy
Virtual Attendees
Ms Amani Abou-Zeid, AU Commissioner: Infrastructure and Energy (MBD)
Mr Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President of African Development Bank (MDB)
Mr Makhtar Diop, Vice-President for Infrastructure, World Bank (MDB)
Premiers of the Provinces of South Africa


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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Energy
Catalysing investment in sustainable energy infrastructure: mechanisms to crowd in private-sector investmentsMinister Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources
Dr Jesse Burton, Researcher: Electricity and Climate Policy, Coal Markets, University of Cape Town
Ms Vivien Foster, Chief Economist, Infrastructure Vice-Presidency, The World Bank
Mr Thabiso Tenyane, Executive Chairman and CEO, Phakwe Group
Mr Tshifiwa Magoro, Head: Independent Power Producers Office

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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: District Development Model

Focus on the District Development Model and the role of provinces and metros in driving infrastructure development

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Ms Thembi Nkadimeng, President, South African Local Government Association
Ms Bongi Njobe, Head: Social Investing, FirstRand, former Director-General of Agriculture
Dr Basani Baloyi, Senior Fellow: Economic Justice Policy and Research, Oxfam
Dr Michael Sutcliffe, Former City Manager of eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality
Mr Chuene Ramphele, Group Executive: Infrastructure Delivery Division, DBSA
Mr Andries du Toit, Group Treasurer: FirstRand


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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Water and Human Settlements
Unpacking the water-and-human-settlements-sector response in infrastructure investmentMs Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation
Mr Christopher Campbell, CEO, Consulting Engineers South Africa
Mr Webster Mfebe, CEO, South African Forum of Civil Engineers
Mr Dhesigan Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission
Mr Ntandazo Vimba, CEO, Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent
Ms Heather Jackson, Head: Impact Investing, Ashburton Investments

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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Agriculture

Agriculture and infrastructure development: mobilising public- and private-sector resources, investments, capacities, skills, and technology

Ms Thoko Didiza, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Dr Vuyo Mahlati, President, African Farmers Association of SA
Dr Shadrack Moephuli, President and CEO, Agricultural Research Council
Mr Omri van Zyl, CEO, AgriSA
Mr Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist and Head: Agribusiness Research, Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa
Ms Jennifer Blanke, Vice-President: Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
Dr Hilke Maartens, Executive Director, Creating Hope for Africa


TIME TOPIC AND PANELLISTS
14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Digital Infrastructure
Digital infrastructure as a key foundation and enabler for a modern, digital economy: investment needs and gapsMs Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Communications, Telecommunications, and Postal Services
Dr Andile Ngcaba, Commissioner on 4IR Commission, Chairman of FTTX Council
Prof. Brian Armstrong, Chair: Digital Business, University of Witwatersrand
Ms Kholiwe Makhohliso, Vice-President and MD, Software AG
Mr Dalibor Vavruska, independent consultant and thought leader on digital transformation

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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Public Works

Employment-intensive infrastructure investment: job creation through employment intensive public-works programmes

Ms Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
Ms Neva Makgetla, Senior Economist, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies
Mr Frans Baleni, Former NUM General-Secretary, PetroSA Board Chairperson
Prof. Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town
Mr Mfundo Nkuhlu, COO, Nedbank
Dr Mariam Altman, Commissioner, National Planning Commission


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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Transport

Closing Africa’s transport infrastructure deficit: a regional perspective

Mr Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport
Mr Jack van der Merwe, Head, Gauteng Transport Authority
Ms Portia Derby, CEO, Transnet
Ms Malebo Matolong, transport expert
Mr Tom Andersen, Regional Head, European Investment Bank
Mr Monale Ratsoma, Director-General, New Development Bank (Africa Regional Office)
Ms Ipeleng Selele, RRS Trade and Investment Group


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14:00 – 16:00 Ministerial Round Table Discussion: Funding Models for Infrastructure Development

Re-imagining funding models for infrastructure development in South Africa

Dr David Masondo, Deputy Minister of Finance
Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Head: Investment and Infrastructure, Office of The Presidency
Mr Lungisa Fuzile, CEO, Standard Bank South Africa
Mr Leslie Maasdorp, Vice-President, New Development Bank
Mr Patrick Dlamini, CEO, Development Bank of Southern Africa
Ms Magda Wierzycka, CEO, Sygnia Limited
Ms Nazmeera Moola, Deputy Managing Director: SA, Head of SA Investments, Ninety One Asset Management

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Another day , another plan. Nice hot air on a cold winter day. Nothing more.

these people Doesn’t realize the absolute dire situation of the country…..keep on wasting money on talk shops!

I wonder if the usual suspects in government will even listen to the private sector discourses – doubt it – so this could just be another wind farm

The ANC have a plan. Golly now that’s a novel idea. It’s a pity their ability to execute any such project plan without rampant theft of resources, nepotism and corruption is just about zero.

The good news is there are some private sector involvement but not enough.

The bad news is we have seen many of these talk shops with little to no effect.

The ANC has caught the Traditional Leaders’ disease – that of sitting and talking, thinking things happen by themselves.

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