On the verge of the expiry of the first milestone of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015, the United Nations reported that since 1990, more than 2 billion people gained access to clean drinking water. It acknowledges that continued work is required to ensure that millions of people who are still without access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and energy services are served. South Africa and the rest of the SADC community therefore still have a journey to walk in providing access to the referred services by all the inhabitants of their respective countries. The mentioned services are just part of the basic services required to provide basic human existence, in addition to shelter.
More is required to guarantee a prosperous and sustainable regional community. Chief among them is economic infrastructure that will promote intra-regional trade and vibrant industries to meet the ever-increasing demands of the populace. An environment with a thriving economy will create meaningful jobs and will certainly be a panacea to the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality, which have continued to confront policy makers and the general populace in South Africa and its neighbours.
Private sector plays a very crucial role in partnering with governments and public sector to ensure delivery of the critical social an economic infrastructure necessary for the realisation of sustainable development goals beyond 2015. There is a general consensus across the globe for the need for increased investment towards education, health and energy infrastructure as well as a focused attention on sustainable development post-2015. It is with no doubt that beyond 2015, women will play a critical role in many economic sectors with a view to achieving a truly sustainable and equitable development. The South African National Development Plan recognises the role of women and the youth in contributing to the development of a stable and vibrant society.
This is an economic environment that Deedscon finds itself and seeks to rise to the challenges of the day and add value to the developmental challenges of the era. It is therefore no coincidence that the company has consciously recognised the capability of previously disenfranchised groups in this highly technical field and took a decision to build a brand to showcase the sincerity, ability and passion of these individuals in partnering with governments and other private sector players in ‘developing future generations’ infrastructure today!’