​​​​​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
Ekurhuleni
eThekwini
Mangaung
Nelson Mandela Bay
  
Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA)
Neighbourhood Development Programme (NDP)
Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC)
Built Environment Performance Plans & Guidelines (BEPP)

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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

  
Guidelines for BEPPs for the 2018/19 MTREF

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.   ​

BEPPs from the perspective of Financial Closure, Workshop on 4 September 2017

​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.  

Streamlining Reporting Reforms: Joint Sector and Cities Workshop 23-24 August 2017

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.  

Evaluation of BEPPs 2017/18 MTREF Presentations

​Evaluation of BEPPs 2017/18 MTREF Presentations