Visitors will be struck by South Africa’s modern infrastructure – the road, rail, harbour, power grid and communications facilities that power the continent’s largest, most sophisticated economy. But over time the best infrastructure in Africa has been allowed to deteriorate as government failed to keep up with the demands that a robust economy imposed on roads, ports, rail and electricity.
ESKOM, SA’s electricity parastatal, once boasted the cheapest power in the world. Eskom will spend about R340 billion over the next several years on a massive catch-up programme.
The Gautrain rapid transit system connecting Pretoria, Johannesburg and OR Tambo is now in operations, which will help alleviate the heavy commuter road traffic between Johannesburg and Pretoria.