Sound and effective integrated planning and allocation of resources
are critical for the socioeconomic development and economic growth
of any country. Service delivery in terms of expanding, improving
and maintaining infrastructure such as houses, roads, rail networks,
health facilities and other facilities is a national priority and must be
planned and achieved without forfeiting environmental sustainability.
In addition, the effective planning of the components, through effective
management of these components, reduces the possibility of developing
a silo mentality when planning.
The provision of tools at both a district and municipal level would
provide an opportunity for redressing a past and very dysfunctional
and inequitable space economy. It would also offer a guide for
investment decisions to achieve more sustainable human settlements.
Infrastructure and associated operations are not only enablers
of economic growth, but also stimulate growth by increasing the
productive capacity of the economy. Social development, which is
fundamental for any country, can take place only with proper provision
of basic amenities such as hospitals, schools and housing. Likewise,
the provision of infrastructure for electricity supply, waste management,
water and sanitation services and improved communication between
all constituencies is imperative.
The CSIR conducts relevant research and development to find key
solutions to facilitate the planning of resourcing service delivery and
successfully transfers solutions to enable this to take place. Many
of these technologies are used extensively locally and in a number
of specific instances also internationally. Examples of such science,
engineering and technology (SET) research listed in the publication
include projects on systems to maintain bridges, models for waste
collection, a geo-spatial analysis platform to facilitate planning,
sustaining natural resources and a rural innovation and development
model that guides and supports the establishment of primarily youthowned
social enterprise networks that provide ICT access to rural
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