The President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa convened the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA) on Tuesday 23 June, this was a ground breaking and globally unique event organised by the Investment and Infrastructure Office (IIO) within The Presidency. Featuring a distinguished line up, the symposium had the Honourable Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille providing the opening remarks.
Minister de Lille stated that the severe economic recession together with the Covid-19 pandemic has now placed an added urgency on us to navigate a new normal. “In this new normal, there is an even greater need to partner in the investment and implementation of infrastructure that will facilitate social and economic growth in a workable and purposeful way,” she stated. Minister de Lille also stated that the Investment and Infrastructure Office within the Presidency together with her department embarked on an extensive consultation process and developed a new methodology of planning, project preparation and funding considerations. “This approach, conceived over 12 months ago continued with a consultation process on the 18th of February 2020 where funding agencies, government and industry associations were apprised of this process by President Ramaphosa at a meeting held at Tuynhuys and subsequent discussions between funding agencies and project owners prior to culminating in this symposium,” she said. This has come to be known as the Sustainable Infrastructure Development System (SIDS) Methodology.