n Local Government Bulletin - A renewed drive towards infrastructure building - what's in it for local government?




President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation speech on 9 February 2012, announced the government's plan to launch a new infrastructure building campaign. A few days later, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his Budget Speech to Parliament, in which he declared that '[a]n expansion in infrastructure investment is one of the central priorities of the 2012 Budget'. This raises important questions: What prompted this renewed drive towards infrastructure development? What role does local government play in this respect?


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