The new developmental role of local authorities holds the key to the development process of South Africa. In this process local government is a key role-player that should be empowered to unlock local delivery and development.
Empowering local government will require a major reconstruction and transformation effort. It will also require changes in the way local government thinks, behaves and organises itself. Developmental local government
actively promotes social and economic development in their areas;
shapes their local spaces in a more equitable and efficient manner;
plays a strong policy-making and strategic role;
restructures itself to allow for both effective service delivery and greater community participation; and
has the interest of the poor at the core of its mission.
Integrated Development Planning (IDP) is a crucial mechanism to achieve developmental local government and to overcome the apartheid legacy of our towns. It generally refers to a process of planning which takes a range of sectors, development activities and actors into consideration. It also adopts a holistic approach to the tools available to undertake such a process of planning and, on this basis, attempts to construct linkages between financial planning, infrastructure investment planning, service delivery and inter-governmental relations.
IDP is a way of maximising the impacts of all developmental interventions that government makes and is especially relevant at the local level.
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