The plan was informed by three baseline reports focusing on social, economic and municipal infrastructure and extensive consultation with stakeholders. The analysis highlighted a range of challenges. The EC has severe spatial inequalities of infrastructure provision inherited from our colonial and apartheid history. Social infrastructure backlogs still persist especially in the Eastern part of the Province. Further, there is a a disconnect between the economic development strategy of the Eastern Cape and the infrastructure programme. This is accentuated by the absence of centralised planning of infrastructure in the EC to ensure integrated district-level planning, rational project prioritization models. Premature announcement of infrastructure projects before completion of feasibility studies and resource allocations is frequent. While some Departments and institutions have improved expenditure over the past five year, under expenditure of capital budget remain an overall problem.
The overall purpose of the Eastern Cape Infrastructure Plan is to articulate the infrastructure priorities for the province between 2016 and 2030 and outline programmes and interventions to achieve outcomes.
The ECIP has four high-level goals:
- Infrastructure investment responds to spatial aspects of future infrastructure demand and undoes apartheid geography
- Accelerate eradication of social infrastructure backlogs
- Effective infrastructural support for economic development
- Infrastructure planning, delivery, operations and maintenance are improved
Some of the key intervention that are proposed are as follows:
- Priority areas of focus for social infrastructure investment based on the human development needs arising from a composite indicator that takes into account the infrastructure backlogs, large population, growing population and the size of the economy.
- The following three corridors were identified as a priority for economic infrastructure :
Conclusion of the rationalisation of education and health facilities in the Eastern Cape so as to inform long term planning and infrastructure investment.
The co-ordination and monitoring of the implementation of the plan to follow the PICC model.
- Nelson Mandela Metro City region: NMB, Kouga, Sundays River Valley and Ndlambe
- N2-N6 Central region: Buffalo City, Amahlati, Lukhanji, Nkonkobe, Great Kei and Mnquma.
- Wild Coast Region: KSD linked to new Wild Coast Corridor (including Mbashe, Nyandeni, Port St Johns, Mbizana, Ingquza Hill and Matatiele.
Project Manager: Mr Chris Motsilili