KPMG's Global Infrastructure Practice has named two South
African developments among the 100 most innovative infrastructure
projects in the world.
South Africa's BRICS Cable Project (with Mauritius) and
Durban Waste to Energy Project were featured in the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition,
recently released at the World Cities Summit in Singapore. It
provides insight into the infrastructure projects that make great
cities, with a particular focus on the innovations that make them
'Cities of the Future' – places where people want to
live and do business.
The BRICS Cable Project was also ranked the most noteworthy
project in the Communications Infrastructure category. It stood out
amongst several international competing projects, namely the IBM
Intelligent Operations Centre in Brazil, the South American Fibre
Optic Ring in South America, O3b Networks in Africa, Kokua Wireless
and Cisco HealthPresence in the US, the National Authentication
Framework in Singapore, Barcelona Smart City in Spain, Amsterdam
Smart City in the Netherlands and New Songdo Smart City in South
"Both projects exhibit innovation and forward thinking
South African's can be proud of," says DeBuys Scott,
Director, Global Infrastructure and Projects Group at KPMG in South
Africa. "BRICS countries rely on telecoms hubs in Europe and
the United States (US) at the moment, so we face high costs and the
risk of possible interception of critical financial and security
information by non-member states. This new system would provide a
shorter, cheaper and potentially more secure route for traffic
between BRICS nations. Not to mention faster internet connectivity,
which could boost economic growth and development."
KPMG's Infrastructure 100 report concludes that the BRICS
cable will be the third longest in the world once it is complete.
It will interconnect with the nearly-operational West African Cable
System (WACS) and SEACOM on the East African coast, and aims to
achieve speeds of 12.8 terabits per second – 1,000 times
faster than the current primary connection between South Africa and
Europe, Telkom's SAT-1 cable. The BRICS cable is likely to
prove a big step in improving BRICS trade, and in positioning South
Africa to take on a strategic role as a gateway in the world
Of the Durban Waste to Energy Project, Scott says,
"It's a big step towards a sustainable future. The project
already supplies roughly 5,000 to 6,000 low-income households with
energy per day, and will generate money for Durban through the sale
of electricity and carbon credits."
Five regional judging panels assessed hundreds of submissions on
the following criteria: feasibility, social impact, technical
and/or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society.
Four other African projects were also named in the top 100
across several categories, namely the Djibouti Railway in Ethiopia,
the Lagos Metro Blue Line in Nigeria, the Queen Mamohato Memorial
Hospital in Lesotho and the O3b Networks project being rolled out
across the whole continent.
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