n African Renaissance - Assessing infrastructural development to address socio-economic issues in Nyandeni local municipality

Volume 16 Number Special Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



Infrastructure plays a vital role in ensuring that the standard of living for the community is improved. Furthermore, infrastructural development leads to a sustainable way of increasing employment opportunities and ultimately reducing poverty levels within communities. However, inadequate infrastructure is a common problem, especially in rural areas. Developing countries suffer more in terms of infrastructural development, as the economic growth rate is slower than in more developed countries. South Africa‘s rural areas are faced with challenges that hinder development and slow the pace of infrastructural development. Most of these areas are still exposed to high levels of poverty and unemployment, experience inequalities, and have poor service delivery and inadequate infrastructure. The main aim of this research was to assess the effect of infrastructural development in reducing socio-economic issues within rural areas – in other words, assessing benefits brought about by infrastructural development that tackles challenges faced by rural communities.

This study employed a qualitative exploratory research methodology, utilising semi-structured and participant observations to gain participants‘ perceptions and understandings regarding infrastructural development within the Nyandeni area. The results of the study determined that lack of such development in rural areas had a negative impact on citizens‘ livelihoods. Furthermore, the findings revealed that lack of resources, such as funding, affected the municipality‘s ability to implement proper infrastructure that would stimulate local growth and development. In conclusion, this thesis argues that, without proper support and collaboration with other stakeholders, it would be difficult for municipalities to ensure proper infrastructural developments within rural areas.

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