Nelson Mandela Bay is rolling out economic infrastructure that will create more than 7500 new jobs in the next two years.
Economic development MEC Mcebisi Jonas said in 2009 his department was mandated by the provincial cabinet to lead the special focus on the development of economic infrastructure.
“In 2010 we published a document, Prioritised Strategic Projects, which presented details on 18 major projects, most of which are infrastructure related,” said Jonas.
The projects in the Nelson Mandela Bay area include the Ngqura port expansion, the Port Elizabeth to Gauteng logistics corridor, Motherwell-Coega Passenger Rail Association of South Africa rail link and the Port Elizabeth Waterfront.
About the waterfront, Jonas said: “Construction of the project is expected to start in 2013, with 5000 jobs estimated. This project will last for 10 years and the jobs impact should increase over the years.”
Speaking at the recent Job Summit, Jonas also said the logistics corridor to Gauteng and Motherwell-Coega rail link had been approved.
“The provision of economic infrastructure provides a stimulus to job creation in the short term during infrastructure construction.
“It is also necessary to support increasing activity in a growing economy.
“Inadequate infrastructure creates bottlenecks and reduces the economic competitiveness of our enterprises,” Jonas said.
He said the Eastern Cape had seen little new economic infrastructure investment in the past 30 years.
Premier Noxolo Kiviet said: “The Eastern Cape welcomes the infrastructure-led industrialisation strategy of the national government, and we look forward to participating in the various projects to be announced in the national infrastructure plan that will
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