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Energy update: synopsis of the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014

The Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 was assented to on 30 May 2014 and creates the statutory entity that will facilitate strategic infrastructure development projects and related approvals, authorisations, licences, permits and exemptions required to achieve the implementation of the national infrastructure plan expeditiously.

The act defines infrastructure as installations, structures, facilities, systems, services or processes and includes national and international airports, electricity transmission and distribution, mines, oil or gas pipelines, refineries, ports, power stations, railways, waste infrastructure and waterworks.

The act establishes a commission that comprises: the council, which includes the president and his deputy, certain ministers, premiers of provinces, executive mayors of metropolitan councils and the chairperson of the South African Local Government Association; the secretariat; the management committee; and the chairperson…

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