Economic reform is being driven through Operation Vulindlela, which involves a team in the National Treasury and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office. Operation Vulindlela focuses on reforms in the electricity, water, telecommunications and transport sectors, as well as reforms to our visa and immigration regime.
In the water sector, Operation Vulindlela is ensuring that water licence applications are finalised within the revised time frame of 90 days, and that the Blue Drop and Green Drop municipal water quality programmes are revived to strengthen water quality monitoring.
In addition, the establishment of a national Water Resources Infrastructure Agency will be accelerated, and Durban is being positioned as a hub port for the southern hemisphere, and Ngqura as the container terminal of choice.
The rail corridor from Gauteng is being extended to enable the export of vehicles through Port Elizabeth.
The phased switch-off of analogue TV transmitters and phased migration to digital begins next month. This process is due to be completed by March 2022.
Work is underway with the relevant departments to reform South Africa’s visa and immigration regime, to attract skills and grow the tourism sector. A full roll-out of eVisas to visitors from China, India, Nigeria, Kenya and 10 other countries will be undertaken.