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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Evaluation of BEPPs 2017/18 MTREF Presentations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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
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.
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.
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.