Cape Town's Growth Outpaces Infrastructure Funding

The pace of development in Cape Town, South Africa, is too fast for the city to keep up with infrastructure improvements. Officials are calling for increased gas taxes to generate funding for maintenance of roads and other infrastructure.

"We can't keep up with developments because they are happening faster than the city can build," mayoral committee member for roads, transport and stormwater, Elizabeth Thompson, said at Wednesday's mayoral committee meeting.

She said the city could "never keep up" with the need for road maintenance because of budgetary constraints.

Thompson said the city would lobby the National Treasury to ring-fence funding for roads maintenance for all municipalities,"even if it comes from fuel levies".

Full Story: Cape 'can't keep up' with urban development

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