​​​​​About Cities Support Programme (CSP)

CSP works with national government departments to shift policy in a way that makes it easier for cities to work more efficiently; and at the same time working with cities to ensure economic growth and a reduction in poverty. While support to cities may not be immediately perceived as the work of National Treasury, there is sound reasoning for this department's involvement. National Treasury is concerned with efficiencies in the way money is spent. Its mandate is to ensure that there is 'value-for-money' for this spend. The IGR division within National Treasury is well-placed to make this assessment and to provide guidance on how to improve this across national provincial and local government. It is in this context that CSP does its work with its focused agenda on South African cities.

The CSP is a demand-driven programme that covers a range of support mechanisms to metropolitan municipalities and the broader intergovernmental environment. It works across divisions in National Treasury, and with other national departments, to ensure a continuous, consistent and focused lens is brought to bear on the challenges posed to, and the opportunities for, inclusive urban growth.

Working with metropolitan municipalities’ the programme seeks to increase cities contribution to inclusive economic growth through the unblocking of urban infrastructure bottlenecks; restructuring the apartheid city through the preparation of strategically located catalytic urban development projects, harnessing private sector capital to accelerate infrastructure investment and reducing the cost of doing business.

Buffalo City
City of Cape Town
City of Johannesburg
City of Tshwane
Nelson Mandela Bay
Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA)
Neighbourhood Development Programme (NDP)
Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC)
Built Environment Performance Plans & Guidelines (BEPP)


​​Please feel free to contact us on cspfeed​​back@treasury.gov.za

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CSP Tools


Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities
The EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI-PDF) just launched its most recent centrepieces of research and knowledge sharing - Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities – Unlocking Opportunities for Climate Responsive Development. This new study analyses the megatrends affecting African cities and explores future energy scenarios and corresponding policy options.
Start from where you are: the case for a community-led affordable housing model

​In spite of the amount of investment in formal affordable housing schemes by governments, private financial institutions and development finance institutions across Africa, there are still millions of citizens who do not have access to affordable formal housing …​

Open Data and the fight against corruption in South Africa

"​​The purpose of this report is to assess the extent to which South Africa is meeting its commitments to fighting corruption by applying and implementing the principles and actions set out in the G20 Principles...National Treasury's Municipal Money is evidence of one government department’s commitment to transparency, of how open data can be used as a tool for greater transparency and of a successful partnership between government and a civic tech organisation that shares the department’s commitment.​"  Source: Open Data and the fight against corruption in South Africa

 Upcoming Events

2020 Mid-Year Budget Reviews (February – March 2020)

​The objective of the MYBR engagements is for National Treasury to perform its oversight function in terms of the MFMA and related regulations and Circulars. The engagements cover the audited results of the previous financial year, the mid-year results of the current financial year and the budget planning for the forthcoming financial year.

Doing Business South Africa 2018 Launch (19 September 2018)

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.​

Planning Reforms Seminar 13-14 June 2018

​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.

Innovations in Minibus-Taxi Reform: Towards Accessible and Equitable Integrated Public Transport Networks in South African Cities - 7th and 8th March, 2018

​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.