Infrastructure expansion investment was a central priority in Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech.

It is a fact that poor infrastructure impedes economic growth and international competitiveness, and I applaud government’s intention to improve the supply and quality of infrastructure services.

The budget review lists 43 major projects adding up to R3.2 trillion between 2012 and 2010. A summary is presented in the table below.

The real challenge however is in execution. Drawing a house is easier than actually building it. In his budget speech Pravin Gordhan acknowledged long delays and significant cost over-runs and committed to stepping up management so that projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Small business plays a critical role in its contribution to GDP and employment. It’s time government plays its role.

-By Rob Wilkie, CFO Softline and Sage AAMEA