Comment on city plans called for

2016-04-20 06:00

THE eThekwini Municipality is calling on the public to comment on the draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the 2016/17 financial year.
The IDP, a requirement of the Municipal Systems Act of 2000, is a crucial driver for development in all municipalities. The document guides and informs all planning, budgeting, management and decision-making related to delivering services and development in the municipal area.
The strategic approach of the IDP is underpinned by the city’s long-term development plan and is also informed by global, national and provincial policies such as the sustainable development goals, national development plan and provincial growth and development strategy.
The IDP consists of eight plans that will help the city achieve its vision of becoming Africa’s most caring and liveable city. These include, developing and sustaining our spatial, natural and built environment, developing a prosperous, diverse economy and employment creation, creating a quality living environment, fostering a socially equitable environment, creating a platform for growth, empowerment and skills development, embracing our cultural diversity, arts and heritage, fostering good governance and responsive local government and creating a financially accountable and sustainable city.
Each plan has a set of deliverables which informs the city’s budget and by which the city’s performance is monitored.
The formulation of the budget takes the above plans into account so as to ensure that the city’s strategic objectives are achieved.
A service delivery budget implementation plan is thereafter compiled to monitor the implementation of the various programmes and projects contained within each plan.
An annual report is compiled at the end of the financial year, which gives an assessment of the year’s activities as recorded by the municipality’s assessment tools.
The draft IDP is available on the municipality’s website and will also be placed in municipal libraries and Sizakala Centres. Stakeholders are requested to provide written comment on the draft IDP. Comments can be sent to Puven Akkiah, Corporate Policy Unit, 11nd Floor, Nedbank Building, 458 Smith Street, Durban or email Puvendra.Akkiah@dur Closing date for comment is 2 May. - Supplied.

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