The role of private finance in infrastructure development in South Africa—A critical assessment

Sonia Phalatse

Article ID: 1391
Vol 6, Issue 1, 2022

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This paper assesses South Africa’s massive infrastructure drive to revive growth and increase employment. After years of stagnant growth, this is now facing a deep economic crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This drive also comes after years of weak infrastructure investment, widening the infrastructure deficit. The plan outlines a R1 trillion investment drive, primarily from the private sector through the Infrastructure Fund over the next 10 years (Government of South Africa, 2020). This paper argues that while infrastructure development in South Africa is much-needed, the emphasis on de-risking for private sector buy-in overshadows the key role the state must play in leading on structurally transforming the economy.


blended finance; development; de-risked infrastructure; fiscus; investment; public-private partnerships (PPPs)

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