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Assessing the impact of Transnet's and Eskom's infrastructure investment programmes on the capital goods sector


  • Marian Lydall


Transnet and Eskom have embarked on a R160.8 billion capital expenditure (capex) programme to improve South Africa's logistics and energy infrastructure over the next 5 years. Although considerable backward linkages will be created in the process of procuring goods and services needed in the construction and operation of the planned projects, a significant portion of investment will be lost because of having to import foreign skills and components that are unavailable locally. It has thus become a government priority to increase local content in the procurement process. Drawing on a series of interviews with leading suppliers involved in the capex programme, this article assesses the impact of such expenditure on the domestic capital goods sector and the constraints that militate against increased local participation.

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  • Marian Lydall, 2009. "Assessing the impact of Transnet's and Eskom's infrastructure investment programmes on the capital goods sector," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(3), pages 429-446.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:26:y:2009:i:3:p:429-446
    DOI: 10.1080/03768350903086812

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