3rd SA Investment Conference sees more than R100 billion in pledges

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says R109,6 billion worth of investments have been pledged at the third South African Investment Conference, meaning the country is on track to reach its R1.3 trillion target over five years.

He was delivering the closing remarks at the conference in Sandton north of Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa says the success of the conference indicated the confidence of investors in the potential of South Africa.

“We are firmly on track to meet our 5-year target of 100 billion dollars in new investment, R1.2 trillion. 50 companies have made investment commitments to the value of R109.6 billion. This brings the total value of the investment commitments over the last three years to R773.6 billion. This represents about 64% of our 5-year target.”

He says this year’s Investment Conference was about consolidating the commitments that have been made.

Ramaphosa says 19 investment projects from the last two years have already been completed while another 44 projects under construction.

Ramaphosa says it’s time to see the investment commitments translated into new factories, production lines, mining operations, retail outlets and infrastructure.

“We are pursuing a few high impact priorities focusing on implementation. In our book now, it’s implementation and implementation. The priorities include massive infrastructure projects and employment stimulus to create and support jobs and achieve energy security.”

 In the video below, Ramaphosa opens the third SA Investment Conference:

The President also announced that bidding for renewable energy supply will begin next month in line with government’s plan to increase power generation capacity.

“This begins with the establishment of the transmission subsidiary as the basis for a competitive electricity supply market. This will improve efficiency and transparency and lay the basis for greater competition and lower energy costs. We are also rapidly expanding our generating capacity, which will see a substantial increase in the contribution of renewable energy sources, battery storage and gas technology. Requests for proposals will be issued in December 2020 to enable the opening of various bid windows.”

Source: sabcnews