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​On the 21 July 2015 the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Appropriations (SCOA) visited National Treasury in order to gain greater insight into some of the projects currently underway within the CSP. More detail on this visit is available in the first quarterly newsletter of CitySPeak.

SCOA Visit3
  
The National Treasury and the Department of Co-operative Governance in collaboration with the Development Bank of Southern Africa will co-host the Urban Investment Partnership Conference on the 27 - 28 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Conference will bring together senior officials from cities, national departments and investors to lay a foundation for deeper partnerships for inclusive urban growth.
Urban Investment Partnership Conference (UIPC) Presentations, 27 August 20154
  

​The course on City Economic Development was the third in the series of Executive Leadership Courses, held between Sunday 9th and Friday 13th November 2015.  The focus was on city economic development strategies and practice with the purpose of building a greater understanding of the limits and possibilities of city-level economic action among the political leaderships and senior management of city governments; improving the sense of personal agency and responsibility among city leaderships, especially in respect of city economic development; and increasing the city voice in national policy debates and action.

Executive Leadership Course on City Economic Development Strategy and Practice (8 - 13 Nov 2015)5
  

This interactive technical workshop was aimed at enhancing city decision-makers’ knowledge and technical capacity to implement a range of institutional and financing tools for catalytic urban land development projects... read more

Accelerating the Preparation and Implementation of Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Projects: Institutional and Financial Tools (7 - 9 March 2016)8
  

Cities are core drivers of development. In South Africa, the eight Metros are home to the majority of people, jobs, and economic activity in the country... read more

Workshop on Scaling Up Informal Settlement Upgrading (9 - 10 May 2016)9
  

National Treasury initiated a project about the perceived need for finance-linked demand-side household subsidies to expand urban homeownership in South Africa for the income group between R3, 500 and R15, 000/month (often referred to as the ‘affordable market’) and the current hindrances to their implementation... read more

Workshop on Affordable Housing Markets and Demand Side Subsidies (12 May 2016)10
  

In order to address the problems of inadequate capital expenditure and insufficient attention to asset management, a City Infrastructure Delivery and Management System (CIDMS) has been  developed,  building  on  the  established  Infrastructure  Delivery  Management  System (IDMS) for provincial infrastructure... read more

Workshop on City Infrastructure Delivery and Management System (CIDMS) (9 - 10 June 2016)​11
  

​​In 2016 National Treasury CSP and the World Bank/IFC hosted 3 Peer Learning Events in the Doing Business indicators where Cities have greatest responsibility – Dealing with Construction Permits (6 May), Getting Electricity (5 may) & Registering Property (24 August).​

Doing Business SA - City Peer Learning Events (5th / 6th May 2016 & 24 Aug 2016)13
  

​The two day workshop was aimed at senior officials in metropolitan municipalities responsible for housing and planning and provides an overview of approaches and tools for formulating and assessing long term metropolitan housing strategies. A long term metropolitan housing strategy is a key component to formulating the annual Built Environment Performance Plans (BEPP).

Workshop on Housing Strategy Approach and Tools for Metropolitan Municipalities14
  
With employment creation remaining such a high national priority, what instruments and tools do cities have to take Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) to a new level? How can the work undertaken through public employment best support and align with other social and economic priorities in the urban space? What types of work will attract target constituencies such as youth – and open doors for them beyond the employment period? 

This workshop explored these questions and more, with a focus on innovation in the types of work undertaken and on strengthening the social and economic impacts of EPWP. It is anticipated that some of the new ideas from local and international examples may be incorporated into the planning of Incentive Grant projects. Through the Cities Support Programme, follow-up support will also be provided to those cities that want to apply innovative approaches in their project selection and design.


Workshop: Innovation in public employment in cities - 18 May 201715
  

​Evaluation of BEPPs 2017/18 MTREF Presentations

Evaluation of BEPPs 2017/18 MTREF Presentations16
  

The objectives of the joint sector cities workshop is to facilitate consensus between National Departments and cities regarding the streamlined set of indicators that cities will report on. The indicators discussed during the workshops relate to environment and waste; water and sanitation; roads and transport; energy and electricity; housing and community facilities; and governance.  

Streamlining Reporting Reforms: Joint Sector and Cities Workshop 23-24 August 201717
  

​The evaluations of BEPPs FOR THE 2017/18 MTREF revealed deficiencies and inconsistencies in considering alternative funding options and the development of longer term financial strategies. The National Treasury convened workshop with the Metropolitan Cities and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on 4th September 2017.  This workshop was the first step to engaging a range of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), commercial banks and asset managers to understand how they can support the roll out of catalytic programmes and projects in the Cities.  The DBSA has important developmental role to play in this process.  

BEPPs from the perspective of Financial Closure, Workshop on 4 September 201718
  

The guidelines for the BEPPs for the 2018/19 MTREF are now available to guide metropolitan municipalities and all other intergovernmental in the preparation of their BEPPs.  The Guidelines of a Framework and a Supplementary Guidance Note. The Framework consolidates the requirements for the BEPPs as they were collaboratively developed with metros over the last 4 years and this is unlikely to change substantively into the future. The Supplementary Guidance Note outlines specific requirements for the 2018/19 MTREF.   ​

Guidelines for BEPPs for the 2018/19 MTREF19
  

​The second Sub National Doing Business Survey – Doing Business SA II 2018 – kicked off this week with an inception meeting on 16 November 2017, recognising that business regulatory reform is a key element of overall city's investment climate and that metropolitan government have a critical role in economic development.

Doing Business SA II 2018 - Project Kick-Off Meeting20
  

Planning Alignment Task Team (PATT – documents of the latest PATT meeting held on 29 November 2017 with a focus on the BEPP Progression Instrument 2018/19 MTREF and the Discussion Document on the Review of the MSDF Guidelines from the perspective of BEPPs.

Planning Alignment Task Team (PATT)21
  

​This workshop was the culmination of collaborative work conducted between National Treasury (Cities Support Programme), National Department of Human Settlements, National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP) and Metropolitan Municipalities. In this process Metros have identified key Barriers to City Wide and Programmatic Approach to Upgrading of Informal Settlements and in response to the barrier; a practical, outcomes and outputs based, barriers responsive Upgrading Toolkit has been developed to help and support metros to develop upgrading plans and programmes to scale up upgrading of informal settlements to contribute toward building inclusive and sustainable cities. This toolkit is aligned to the NUSP and its implementation and practical support to the metros will be carried out as part of the NUSP Capacity Development Programme.

Informal Settlements Upgrading Workshop (4th and 5th December 2017)22
  

​​'DFI Day'  on the 7th March 2018 builds on the success  of the Urban Investment Partnership Conference held in August 2015, that launched the Borrowing Policy update and led to the formation of the Urban Finance Working Group.  The purpose of  'DFI Day' is to highlight and clarify the role DFIs can play in supporting the development and functioning of the municipal debt market and preparing and executing municipal investment programmes that support inclusive economic growth. The event  provides a platform for ongoing interaction between the DFIs, Metro municipalities and private sector funders

DFI (Development Finance Institutions) Day (7th March 2018)23
  

​The minibus-taxi (MBT) industry plays a core role in public transport networks in South African cities. National Treasury and the National Department of Transport are assisting cities in rethinking the infrastructure-heavy, BRT-oriented reform approach and explore a second wave of IPTN development that focuses on hybrid systems where the MBT sector is more equitably and thoughtfully included in the transport system, as well as in more integrated transport and land-use planning. The workshop therefore a platform for cities to exchange new ideas and approaches to MBT reform and improvements and help shape thinking around the next phase of the support for MBT reform and IPTN planning and implementation.

Innovations in Minibus-Taxi Reform: Towards Accessible and Equitable Integrated Public Transport Networks in South African Cities - 7th and 8th March, 201826
  

​The BEPP approach is new and has been designed and tested by metros over the last four years in formulating, approving and implementing their BEPPs. A key objective of the Planning Reforms seminar is to engage the body of planning practitioners, planning academics and planning policy makers to test the rigour and application of the BEPP method and approach.

Planning Reforms Seminar 13-14 June 201827
  

South African cities are making efforts to improve the ease of doing business, although the pace of reforms has been slow in the last three years, according to a new World Bank Group report that was launched at the National Treasury on the 19th September 2018.  Doing Business in South Africa 2018 is the second edition of the subnational Doing Business series in South Africa. The first edition was published in 2015. The reports are produced by the World Bank Group at the request of National Treasury of South Africa, as part of the Cities Support Programme, and funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, SECO. The study was implemented in collaboration with the, the Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Cities Network.​

Doing Business South Africa 2018 Launch (19 September 2018)28