South Africa at a glance
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- 1 investment Program
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South Africa is one of the most well-developed African countries and has implemented processes to facilitate the creation of businesses, fostering competition and investment. Despite recent progress, low GDP growth reflects high levels of inequality and is likely to hinder future investment in infrastructure. Increasing government debt limits South Africa’s ability to use public funds for infrastructure projects. This, combined with South Africa’s low levels of foreign equity sponsorship and PPP deals, represent key challenges for South Africa obtaining capital for infrastructure projects.
South Africa has national, provincial, and local levels of government and an independent hybrid judicial system. The national government lays out a long-term national infrastructure plan which is primarily delivered through provincial governments, local governments, and state-owned enterprises.
The 2050 Infrastructure Plan was launched to support the National Development Plan goals. It focuses on critical network infrastructure in the energy, freight transport, water, and digital communications sectors. Major financing of this plan is done through PPP models and the infrastructure fund.
This list of Strategic Integrated Projects by the South African govenrment is maintained on the national infrastructure authority website.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is a state-owned entity tasked with developing social and economic infrastructure at the sub-national level in South Africa. This involves financial and development interventions in energy, water, transport, and communications with secondary support in health, housing, and education with ZAR21 billion in infrastructure delivered (2022). DBSA operates primarily through development loans with a focus on development impact by crowding-in private investment and providing benefit to households. Explore the GI Hub National Infrastructure Banks tool here, and read more about the DBSA here.