'SA’s infrastructure build programme making progress'

Govt plans to build road, rail, power, ports and other projects aimed at easing bottlenecks in the economy.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel delivers his speech during the Sona 2015 debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel says South Africa's massive infrastructure build programme faces challenges but has made progress.

Patel was speaking during the debate on President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament on Tuesday.

The government's plans to build road, rail, power, ports and other mega-projects is aimed at easing bottlenecks in the economy and boosting growth, but there have been delays in implementation.

Patel says however that progress is being made.

"We are now implementing the largest infrastructure programme in the country's history and the largest on the continent. Employment numbers are sharply up on infrastructure projects, spending the last two quarters is 10 percent higher than one year ago."