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Vol 53 No 4

Published 17th February 2012

South Africa

Big projects, money pressures

Central to President Jacob Zuma’s plans for 2012 is a massive infrastructure development programme. It is to be driven and overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC), headed by Zuma and consisting of government officials without a technocrat, private sector or civil society representative in sight. Five strategic projects, none of them new, are intended to develop the economy and create jobs – a welcome change from previous fanciful promises, such as 2011’s ‘five million jobs by 2020’.

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