For decades, private enterprise was excluded from the planning, management and delivery of what are now termed ‘basic services’. We forecast that this long-standing, exclusive preserve of local and provincial government will soon be open to the private sector. Alternative energy generation, road & bridge building, and cleansing & waste disposal have lead the way and should soon be followed by sewerage processing, dam & reservoir construction, and water reticulation. Our Southern Cape Corridor could be ideally positioned to pioneer the sustained and successful delivery of the full suite of basic services if we now begin to plan for the skills, capital investment and operational capacity that will be required. Without this in place, the migration of people and their capital from the provinces up north will not continue for long, and our vision of the Southern Cape Corridor will be stillborn.