The new Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Sihle Zikalala, together with United Kingdom Trade Envoy Andrew Selous, met to cement relations between the two countries.
The two countries are expected to share experience, expertise and best practices in the prioritisation, financing, procurement and management of infrastructure projects.
The UK Trade Envoy and his delegation met with Zikalala and Deputy Minister Bernice Swarts on Friday to extend the already existing partnerships that will see the two countries ramp up infrastructure development trade relations.
As part of the arrangement, the United Kingdom will support infrastructure projects in South Africa and facilitate the necessary financial and technical capacity.
Welcoming the partnership, Zikalala said infrastructure delivery is a critical component of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Programme (ERRP).
“Our government has placed infrastructure as key to the development and re-igniting of our economy. We value investing in infrastructure projects as they have a multiplier effect and beneficiation in the whole economic value-chain, especially job creation,” Zikalala said.
He highlighted energy, hydrogen and water, especially the construction of dams, transport and logistics, and road-to-rail initiatives, as well as the construction of bridges, as areas of intervention that should benefit from the partnership.
The UK Envoy also expressed delight at the renewal of the relations and committed that the UK bridge company would form part of the delegation from the United Kingdom that would be visiting South Africa and tour projects under construction.