Infrastructure Planning | Development Best Practices

The importance of infrastructure planning
July 19, 2023

How GIC is building for the future and prioritising the importance of infrastructure planning and best practices

We understand how important infrastructure planning is for the growth and progress of any nation, and our world-class systems lead the way. Several essential services underpin South Africa’s functionality, and there is a clear correlation between areas of poverty and inequality and a lack of these services. Things like connection to power, water and sanitation, roadworks and transportation, technological frameworks, and healthcare and education are priorities for every region of the country. Infrastructure planning makes these services and systems possible – and, subsequently, growth in South Africa is achieved. When citizens have these basic needs met, great strides can be made towards enhancing the quality of life and living standards within every community.

Infrastructure planning that keeps the future in mind

When a new project is proposed, the planning stage commences. There are several working parts involved with planning, and it comes down to research, assessing the current needs and existing infrastructure, setting goals, and engaging with all stakeholders. While the execution of the project is paramount to its success, infrastructure planning is undoubtedly the most important. The construction and implementation of designs are always something to look forward to, and most often is what excites stakeholders the most. With an eagerness for the final outcome, it is essential that careful planning is not neglected. We at GIC make use of several systems and approaches to ensure our planning adheres to the strictest requirements. Expanding on the pipeline of a future project is the key to several benefits, including:

Government Infrastructure Projects

  • Saving on project costs: Optimising costs to keep projects within budget constraints is a necessity. Project failures at any stage increase the risk of budget overruns, and planning that includes feasibility studies, preventing risks, and avoiding potential pitfalls is a priority. Contingency planning also means that even if some project vulnerabilities are spotted, responding to these issues is faster and more effective, saving time and money.
  • Identifying priorities: Priority setting enables planning that focuses on what is most important, especially regarding resource allocation. Directing funds, labour, and materials to the most vital initiatives is needed when keeping the process streamlined and goal-oriented, and planning is what sets the standard for assigning these resources.
  • Anticipating future needs: Infrastructure planning is not just about successful project implementation; it’s about long-term sustainability and how flexible the project is when it comes to handling change. A building, for example, should not be seen as rigid and static but rather as a dynamic space that accommodates transformation as the needs of communities change over time. It should also be implemented with efficient land use and reduced environmental impacts in mind.
  • Improved outcomes and greater stakeholder satisfaction: Think of planning as one’s map to success. The more detail the map contains, the greater the chance of reaching the destination with minimal issues.

Through an innovative approach, industry-leading expertise, and the ability to prioritise robust strategies, we at GIC are world-class infrastructure planning and development experts. We’re a top P3 infrastructure developer focusing on planning and design, construction, and financing, and we know how to translate objectives into tangible success. Our processes allow us to meet and surpass project expectations, and you can contact us today to learn more about how we do it.