Infrastructural developments that ensure a well-run town

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Infrastructural developments that ensure a well-run town

The visible difference between the urban and rural area is shocking. It leads to many individuals leaving their homes to seek a better life in the city. While it may be a choice to move, because of the living circumstances in the rural area, many feel as if they do not have a choice. There must be a balance between the urban and rural area as it leads to overcrowded urban areas. Rapid urbanisation has had a negative socio-economic impact on South Africa such as; housing shortages, high unemployment and poverty.

Having a balance between both communities can help strengthen our economy, as both areas will have equal work opportunity, and more people will have a chance to contribute to the economy. A balance in both areas is needed to ensure sustainable economic growth in South Africa.

To find out what infrastructure development is needed and how to solve the solution for poor infrastructure, read our article below.


Adequate road infrastructure

In a well-run town, there needs to be adequate road infrastructure. What sets public transport in urban areas apart from the rural areas is the infrastructure. While South Africa’s road infrastructure still needs work, the rural area is in more need. One of the challenges faced by rural small towns in South Africa is a lack of capacity in infrastructure development and maintenance. To combat this, there needs to be adequate road infrastructure. Proper roads make transportation easier, which is a crucial contributing factor to the economic development of South Africa. The importance of public transport in South Africa lies in the benefits for citizens, such as improved mobility and making it easier to travel when seeking out work, or when needing medical attention. Additionally, better roads, in turn, help with the flow of trade, business and communication which will enhance the growth within the area.


Water management

For years, the Eastern Cape has suffered from water challenges. Recently, Butterworth has been affected by water shortages which resulted in the area needing water tanks to be dispatched. Water shortages have social consequences as water is needed for proper hygiene and sanitation since it can impact one’s health. Citizens in rural areas need water infrastructure to ensure a well-run town. Without enough water, farming and agriculture will become difficult and, in turn, the cost of food will increase in those areas. Since it’s already poverty-stricken, it means things will only get worse for those living in the area. This results in more people going to urban areas, which can lead to overpopulation, lower employment rates and housing shortages.


Sanitation facilities

Poor sanitation has also been a recurring problem for citizens living in the Eastern Cape. And while the local municipality tries, additional help is needed to ensure residences and businesses have basic sanitation services. Many individuals have had to adapt to the current state of living. This is another infrastructure shortcoming that needs to be dealt with. Without basic sanitation, it will be difficult to get investment in rural areas, hindering the growth of the economy.


Public healthcare system

Rural areas still have issues with old and collapsing infrastructure. There is a need for additional hospitals to be built in rural areas to help the community. But that isn’t the only issue communities in the rural areas face. They also need efficient access to public healthcare. Many families need to travel as they have no hospital or clinic in their immediate areas. For rural areas to run effectively, hospitals need to be situated in the heart of these communities. This will ensure that citizens don’t have to travel long distances on an already failing transport system to get medical assistance. Medical units need to be readily available and stocked with equipment for trained doctors to assist patients.


Education infrastructure 

Education infrastructure in South Africa continues to be a problem. According to the National Education Infrastructure Management System Report ( NEIMS), a total of 269 schools lack electricity. While a total of 8 702 schools have pit toilets, 37 schools have no sanitation facilities and 7 816 don't have piped water. These figures show the problem students and teachers face in rural communities. For a better future and increased economic activities, education infrastructure must be considered a priority.


Final thoughts

Adequate infrastructure, investments and funding are what South African rural communities need to ensure different types of economic development. Without any funding, all these communities will continue to be poverty-stricken and urban areas will continue to be overcrowded. There needs to be an action plan for rural development as well as focus on economic development indicators. Adequate roads, water and sanitation, health care and education infrastructure are what build a well-running town. A town that can open up new business opportunities as well as find new investments. Infrastructure investment can help boost economic growth through increasing supply capacity for the economy as well as build a community that can help contribute to the economy.

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