The government is taking a number of steps to reduce the cost of doing business in the country, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.
Spending on infrastructure has more than doubled under the current administration and is expected to total R1-trillion by next year's election.
Infrastructure remains the lynchpin of the government's economic development plans. But government needs to do much better, according to Gordhan.
Opposition parties and analysts say they hope Pravin Gordhan will provide progress reports on government's 2012 commitments in his budget speech.
Concerns persist over the government's ability to implement and finance large-scale programmes.
The government wants more bang for its buck when it comes to provincial and local government infrastructure roll-out.
President Jacob Zuma has called on the European Union to partner with South Africa and invest in the country's infrastructure development project.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says the pace of infrastructure development is lagging behind what the country needs to evolve.
An Investec economist says government's planned R3-trillion spend on infrastructure must include the private sector if it is to lead to job creation.
Job creation and welfare initiatives aside, critics have warned of a bias towards big industry and the rich.
The state wants to keep the country's debt levels down while also saving money across government departments.
Pravin Gordhan admits that the state's ambitious development plans will come to nought without effective management by state institutions.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged the business sector to get more involved in the economy through infrastructure and job creation projects.
The government is taking a tough-love approach to drive its bold, integrated R1-trillion infrastructure plan and the state will crack the whip.
President Jacob Zuma is looking East for inspiration, as the ANC pushes for resource nationalism rather than a crude form of nationalisation.
Zuma looking to China for infrastructure development.
South Africa's failure to integrate with other African countries is limiting its economic growth, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Two new commissions are to be chaired by Jacob Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe in an effort to speed up infrastructure development and job creation.
Seacom has pledged R100-million in additional infrastructure in SA to meet the continuous growth in demand for broadband services and applications.