De Lille Infrastructure Plan

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De Lille: Infrastructure plan to be underpinned by anti-corruption strategy

Patricia De Lille, who participated in the SA Infrastructure roundtable on Tuesday, said those who are corrupt, must be held accountable.

De Lille Infrastructure Plan

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Minister of Public Works Patricia De Lille, on Tuesday 3 November 2020, opened the South African Infrastructure Plan roundtable alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

De Lille’s welcome address spoke to the Infrastructure Investment Plan as part of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan focusing on how the public and private sector, government, labour, communities, and the investment sector can work together to grow the  economy and create jobs. 

De Lille also placed quite a lot of emphasis on corruption and what would be done to curb particular dealings regarding the infrastructure plan. 

In September, De Lille challenged people to submit any evidence they have proving that she was involved in corrupt dealings. This comes after former deputy director-general for Real Estate Management Services (REMS) at the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), Mahalingum “Dhaya” Govender alleged that De Lille urged him to carry out corrupt tender allocations. 


According to De Lille, infrastructure South Africa (ISA) has been tasked to drive the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment Plan.

ISA is also in the process of adapting the infrastructure procurement framework to enable public-private partnerships and unlocking new funding mechanisms for major infrastructure investment.

ISA is now also building capacity to prepare and package projects and to ensure oversight in the implementation of SA’s Infrastructure Investment Plan.

“The objective today is to facilitate an interactive project preparation roundtable with relevant stakeholders,” De Lille said.

The project preparation process done well ensures the identification and elimination of key risks at the earliest possible time and maximises development opportunities by ensuring that projects are well conceptualised and ready for implementation.

“We also know that project preparation can cost anywhere between 2% and 15% of the project value depending on the function of complexity and size of the project,” she said.

De Lille also outlined three elements of the project preparation cycle that are critical for success:

  • An enabling environment conducive for project preparation; 
  • The long-term strategic planning and project prioritisation framework; 
  • And lastly the alternative financial and funding models.

“There are numerous other financial models and funding sources, especially for project preparation which will be explored. This is one of the main reasons that we are here today and tomorrow,” she said.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said; “anchored by Infrastructure South Africa, I have no doubt that the compact we are building between the public and private sectors will be further strengthened and deepened during this Roundtable. With these words I wish you well in your deliberations.”

More of Ramaphosa’s comments can be found here.


Referring to corruption, De Lille said that in order to regain the confidence of society and investors, they must show that government is capable of turning the tide. 

“As government we are showing that we are capable of turning the situation around by holding the corrupt and delinquent visibly accountable,” she said. 

“We are putting in all possible measures to mitigate against this as we implement the Plan, starting with the 62 Strategic Integrated Projects. All projects will all be subjected to an independent due diligence process as well,” she added. 

De Lille said the Infrastructure Plan will be underpinned by an anti-corruption strategy and together with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), they are in the process of setting up an anti-corruption forum with representatives from the public and private sector.

“We spend too much time finding out what went wrong afterwards with commissions and inquiries when we should be investing those scarce resources into project preparation now to prevent mistakes,” she said. 

“My message to the finance fraternity here today: Let us engage with the mindset to collaborate and implement so that we may together rise from the blow that COVID 19 has dealt to our path. Let us forge a new path as partners committed to progress, implementation and growth for the economy and jobs through infrastructure investment and implementation,” she added.