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Phase 1 of National Infrastructure Plan 2050 in Place

March 15, 2022

Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

Phase 1 of the National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (NIP 2050) has been published for implementation.

The public works and infrastructure department published NIP 2050 in Government Gazette 46033 in terms of the Infrastructure Development Act.

It was published for comment in 2021.

In an earlier statement, the department pointed out that the NIP 2050 was prepared by Infrastructure South Africa over a period of six months working closely with sector specialists and other stakeholders.

The department added that the NIP 2050 offers a “strategic vision and plan that links top NDP objectives to actionable steps and intermediate outcomes”.

The NIP 2050 focuses on strengthening state owned enterprises performance; sector specific regulation; state capacity and private participation in public infrastructure delivery and management.

In the first iteration, the NIP 2050 will focus on the critical network infrastructure sectors of energy, freight transport, water and digital communications.

In the second version, NIP 2050 will extend to distributed infrastructure and related municipal services.

Cabinet approved the NIP 2050 for implementation at a meeting last week.

According to cabinet, the NIP 2050 provides “catalytic projects that are meant to contribute towards the country’s long-term economic and social developmental goals”.

It also provides for the development of South Africa’s infrastructure networks that are aligned to the National Spatial Development Framework and the District Development Model.

The NIP 2050 focuses the construction of infrastructure on socio-economic development and seeks to generate employment and broad-based black economic empowerment opportunities.