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Infrastructure Development Must Remain Unaffected by Political Transition

In the wake of the upcoming national elections in South Africa, Chris Campbell, CEO of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), highlights the critical importance of ensuring that infrastructure development and service delivery remains uninterrupted. Campbell stresses that regardless of the political landscape, the nation’s progress and well-being depend on the continuous improvement and maintenance of its infrastructure.

“Infrastructure development and service delivery are the backbone of any thriving society,” says Campbell. “It impacts every facet of our lives — from transportation and communication to healthcare and education. As we approach the national elections, it is imperative that we prioritise the continuation of infrastructure projects to sustain the momentum of growth and development in South Africa.”

Campbell acknowledges that periods of political transition can often lead to uncertainties and delays in infrastructure projects. However, he emphasises that such transitions should not derail the progress already achieved in infrastructure development.

“Our message to the incoming government is clear: the well-being of our nation depends on the effective planning, execution, and maintenance of infrastructure projects. We cannot afford to let political transitions hinder our path towards a better future for all South Africans.”

Campbell states the strategy for service delivery needs to be inclusive, catering to all segments of society. “Its execution should not be obstructed by political or other external influences. This is where we must we need re-strategise as a country. The operational arm responsible for service delivery within local and provincial government entities should operate independently of political affiliations. The political landscape should not impede the function of service delivery, which is paramount.”

CESA, representing over 500 member firms in the consulting engineering sector, plays a pivotal role in advocating for sustainable infrastructure development and ensuring the highest standards of service delivery. Campbell underscores the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in driving infrastructure initiatives forward.

“Our industry stands ready to work hand-in-hand with the government to overcome any challenges and ensure the successful implementation of infrastructure projects,” Campbell affirms. “By fostering strong partnerships and maintaining a steadfast commitment to excellence, we can build a resilient infrastructure network that will benefit generations to come.”

As South Africa prepares to head to the polls, Campbell urges policymakers and stakeholders to prioritise infrastructure development as a cornerstone of national progress and prosperity.

“We have a collective responsibility to safeguard the future of our nation. Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing infrastructure development, irrespective of the political landscape. Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient South Africa for all.”