The Gauteng Infrastructure Department is appealing to the knowledge economy for assistance in order to fast track service delivery. Partnerships with tertiary institutions like the University of Johannesburg as well as other tech stakeholders have led the department to unveil some cutting edge interventions.

First up is the unmanned drone program that is being rolled out in phases, where the ANC-led Infrastructure Development Department is going to utlitise the technology to assess engineering and building sites. This will allow the design process to seamlessly flow into the build and for the drone to identify potential weak areas quickly.

While speaking at the launch of the program, the MEC Cde Jacob Mamabolo said this is a first in Gauteng and good for service delivery. “The drones have also moved us away from the gut feel style of management, now we base our decisions on real data. The drones have changed our management philosophy.”

The partnership on drones will be taken to the next level with the University of Johannesburg, but not before the institution helps EPWP participants and infrastructure development students through the Moses Kotane Skills Centre. This centre was launched in July with the department to also encourage those students who need practical experience to be able to find a place that accommodates them.

At the launch, Deputy Minister for Higher Education Cde Buti Manamela had the following to say “Today marks the beginning of a great and bright era for the youth of our society, which I am proud to be a part of.”

One of the priority areas for the department is to get communities to understand that service delivery concerns should not find expression on the state of our public infrastructure. Schools, hospitals and police stations should be left out of the protest action of our people. Through the #ICareWeCare program, Cde Mamabolo has gone around the province education communities to take care of the newly built schools and clinics in the area and not to burn them during service delivery shutdowns.