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    Infrastructure after 20 Years of Democracy
    Reflecting on 20 years of infrastructure delivery;
    How does looking back help us to look forward?
    15 May 2014
    13h30 for 14h00

    Two decades on from the start of democratic government, South Africa is a dramatically different country. Twenty years is a significant milestone. It prompts commentators to pontificate about the state of the nation and pen essays as to where we are going as a country. Some hard thinking is not a bad thing. Yet how we interpret the past is itself influenced by assumptions and selective memory.These things matter because expectations are strongly influenced by the pastand therefore shape choices going forward.

    In the run up to national elections on 7 May, government’s record is a key topic in the political contest. Infrastructure, in its broad sense, is a central part of that ‘before and after’ picture, of those with infrastructure and those without , of those that got some and those that have still to get some. The Presidencey has published the Twenty Year Review South Africa 1994 – 2014 elaborating on the progress made while acknowledging shortcomings where they occurred. This dialogue will use that report as a point of departure to reflect on what past infrastructure activities relating to human settlements, basic services and network infrastructure can do to improve future performance. The opening address will be given by the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. A panel of speakers will reflect on how to measure societal progress when speaking of infrastructure and propose their ideas of what the key learnings are from 20 years of infrastructure delivery. This will set up the space in Infrastructure Dialogue style for each participant to apply the dictum “now you know better you can do better.”

    Information:
    Date: 15th May 2014
    Venue: DBSA, Auditorium, 1258 Lever Road, Headway Hill, Midrand
    RSVP details: Sadhna Bhana: info@infrastructuredialogue .co.za OR
    Richard Goode: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Please visit www.infrastructuredialogues.co.za for more information or to have your say.

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