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Infrastructure - Suedafrika Wirtschaft
South Afrika - alive with possibility


South Africa has world-class infrastructure: a modern transport network, low-cost and widely available energy, and sophisticated telecommunications.

And these are all in line for significant upgrade and expansion up to 2010, when South Africa hosts the Fifa Football World Cup. In its 2006 Budget, the government announced a R8.5-billion investment in infrastructure in preparation for the tournament.

The government has identified massive infrastructure projects as key to boosting the country's economic growth rate and creating employment, and committed billions of dollars to getting the investment ball rolling.

State company Eskom is one of the lowest-cost electricity suppliers in the world. With a network of more than 300 000 kilometres of power lines, the company ranks in the top 10 internationally for size and sales. It supplies 95% of South Africa's energy requirements - and two-thirds of Africa's.

Eskom is to spend R48-billion between 2005 and 2010 on building new capacity, with the private sector investing a further R23-billion.

South African company Sasol is the world's largest manufacturer of oil from coal, gasifying the coal and then converting it into a range of liquid fuels and petrochemical feed stocks.

It's no surprise that the country which invented touchtone dialling offers world-class telecommunications, one of the fastest growing sectors in South Africa's economy.

With a 99% digital network and the latest in fixed-line, wireless and satellite communication, South African telecoms are the 23rd most developed in the world, and the most developed in Africa. Three cellular operators provide mobile telephony to over 20-million subscribers.

The leader of IT development in Africa, South Africa is the 20th largest consumer of IT products and services in the world, ranking 18th in terms of internet use.

Source: Geology.com, 2007

South Africa has the transport infrastructure of a fully developed country. The roads are world-class, and the air and rail network the largest on the continent.

The major centres are connected by over 9 000 kilometres of tarred and regularly maintained national highways, including over 2 000 kilometres of dual carriageway, and the numbers are increasing steadily.

The Gautrain is a R24-billion state-of-the-art rapid rail network currently under construction in Gauteng. Along its 80-kilometre route, trains travelling at up to 180 kilometres an hour will link Pretoria, Johannesburg, OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton, with a supporting secondary network of buses getting commuters to their destinations in speed and comfort.
South Africa's 10 international airports handle over 200 000 aircraft landings and 23-million passengers annually. OR Tambo International Airport is to spend R3.4-billion upgrading security and facilities ahead of the 2010 Football World Cup, while Durban is to build a brand new airport, at a cost of R2-billion, to cater for the hundreds of thousands of visitors the tournament will attract.

The country's ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.