​​​​​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 


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

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

​​'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

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

​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.

Planning Alignment Task Team (PATT)

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.

Doing Business SA II 2018 - Project Kick-Off Meeting

​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.