Delivering his address, during a joint sitting of Parliament, Zuma gave an update on various infrastructure projects, and also announced that a study on the country’s tax policies would be launched later this year .
Turning to infrastructure projects, he said by the end of next month and starting from 2009, the government will have spent about R860 billion on infrastructure.
Various projects having started across the country, he said.
These include the start of construction of the first phase of the Mokolo and Crocodile River Water Augmentation which will provide water required for the Matimba and the Medupi power stations.
- The construction of the bulk water distribution system for the De Hoop Dam also began in October last year, to supply water to the Greater Sekhukhune, Waterberg and Capricorn district municipalities.
- Work is now under way to develop the City Deep inland terminal in Gauteng.
- Initial work has commenced in the expansion of the Pier 2 in the Durban Port.
- Construction is also under way at the Port of Ngqura to develop a new transshipment hub.
- Preparatory work has started on the Umzimvubu Dam in the Eastern Cape
- Construction work is taking place in five cities – Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, eThekwini, Tshwane to integrate the different modes of transport – bus, taxi and train.
- 675km of electricity lines have been laid to economic centres and also to bring power to rural areas, while the government signed contracts to the value of R47 billion in the renewable energy programme.
- 98 new schools will have
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