Pietermaritzburg is a vibrant African City set in the breathtaking beautiful Kingdom of the Zulus in KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Rich in history and heritage with South Africans mainly speaking IsiZulu, Afrikaans, English and Indian influences, the City is a cultural treasure-trove brimming with diversity and rainbow colour.
It is the Capital City of KwaZulu Natal and the economic hub of uMgungundlovu District Municipality. Its location in the Midlands rests as the umbilical cord of the Province where 'all roads lead to the City of Choice' . The City is the choice of best schools, technikons and university. It is the home of The Comrades Marathon, The Duzi, Canoe Marathon, a Host to The Midmar Mile, The Royal Agricultural Show, Garden Shows, Art and Cars in the Park. and has recently sucessfully hosted an International event viz. The 2010 UCI-BMX World Championship.
It has a choice of Architectural heritage and close association with highly respectable individuals such as Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Alan Paton and many more.
Its location has a strong influence on regional channels of investment, movement and restructuring of the Provincial Spatial Framework for growth and development
Despite all the above competitive advantages, the City is challenged with growing unemployment, poverty and uneven development and infrastructural backlogs owed to apartheid spatial planning in the urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
Vision of the City
By 2017 to be a Globally Competitive Metropolitan City of Choice which Capitalizes on its Strategic Location, Environment, Cultural Heritage and Educational Facilities in Creating a Choice Quality of Life for All.
What is IDP?
Integrated Development Planning is a tool or process that the municipality uses to produce an Integrated Development Plan which guides and informs all planning, management and decision-making to ensure that the municipality fulfills its service delivery and constitutional mandates and performance score-card.
Core Components of the IDP
An Integrated Development Plan must reflect:
The municipal council's vision of the long-term development of the municipality, emphasizing its most critical development and transformation needs.
An assessment of the existing level of development in the municipality.
The municipality's development priorities and objectives.
The municipality's development strategies; A spatial development framework for the municipality.
The municipality's operational strategies.
An applicable disaster management plan.
A financial plan (three-year budget projection).
The key performance indicators and performance targets.
Compiling existing data; consultation with communities and other stakeholders; analysing and agreeing on priorities.
Agreed priority issues.
Agreeing on vision and objectives on priority issues; debate/decision on appropriate strategies; application of policy guidelines in local content.
The municipal vision; objectives and strategies.
Formulation of project proposals.
Project targets; location; time schedules; outputs; budget estimates; performance indicators.
Screening, adjusting, consolidating and agreement on project proposals; compiling Integrated programs.
Five year financial plan; Five year capital investment programs; Integrated Spatial Development Framework; Integrated sectoral programs; Consolidated monitoring performance management system; Disaster Management; Institutional Plan.
Inviting and incorporating comments; adoption by Full Council.
An approved IDP for the municipality.
Developmental Philosophy & Approach
This process is guided by public and stakeholders' inputs; municipal and national targets; the State President, Premier and Mayor's state of addresses or policy statements. Through these inputs, a consolidation process is undertaken to develop and refine developmental strategies and various operational plans to bring about financial, technological, infrastructural, social, institutional, environmental and spatial solutions towards the realization of the municipal strategic vision.
In order to transform some of the public needs, complaints and concerns raised by members of our communities, the Community Based Process (CBP) as a development tool will be used to channel our development energies towards ward based development plans and budgeting process. This approach will be based on reputable statistical data and feasibility studies conducted to respond to our developmental challenges and needs.
IDP Benefits for Stakeholders
Clear and accountable leadership and development direction.
Opportunity for councillors to measure their own performance.
Opportunity to contribute to municipality's vision.
Communities & other Stakeholders
An opportunity to articulate development needs and measure performance of Municipalities.
National & Provincial Sector Departments
Guidance to proper service and resource allocation.
Public & Stakeholders Comments
What is your vision/dream of the City of Choice in 20 years from now?
Where do you think are the most priorities of the City and why?
If you can be requested to assist the City to achieve its Vision, what role and expertise that you can share to realize our City's objectives.