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Doing Business Reform, Update June 2020

National Treasury's Cities Support Programme implements the Sub-National Doing Business (SNDB) Reform programme in partnership with the 8 Metros. This programme is a national initiative that aligns with the reforms driven through the World Bank's annual Doing Business (DB) Survey that takes place in 190 countries.

City Informal Trader Webinar

The Cities Support Programme in partnership with the World Bank Group convened a session focused on the enabling policies and regulations required to support informal trade on the 30th June 2020. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused great disruption to the conventional norms of work, living and movement of people.  Restrictions on movements and economic activities, imposed as part of the country's Lockdown Regulations, have had a severe impact on the informal sector.  This webinar sought to solicit inputs from informal trader organisations, sector and global experts and South African government representatives, to explore policy recommendations and regulations in support of informal trade.

Industrial Park Revitalisation Seminar

The Cities Support Programme jointly hosted an Industrial Parks Revitalisation Seminar with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the World Bank Group (WBG) on the 8th July 2020 attended by 110 participants.

The webinar is the first of a series focusing on the strategic role and function of industrial spaces within the country in terms of national economic development and industrial strategy. The intention of the webinar was to share global best practices on the Industrial Park development and management and to understand the strategic approaches of South African industrial park managing authorities.

City Partnerships for an Inclusive Economy: Lessons in Sustaining Solidarity" Event

​The Cities Support Programme convened a session on building solidarity for economic recovery through its Economic Strategies Facility hosted within the World Bank on the 18th June 2020. The solidarity focus emerged at the CSP's City Economic Recovery workshop held on the 15th April 2020, and has been prioritised by the metros as they grapple with their COVID-19 economic recovery planning.  

Supporting City Futures

This book detailing the first five years of the City Support Programme (CSP) of the national Treasury in South Africa provides a unique insight into the conceptual, policy, institutional, and personal labour involved in trying to tackle some of the most wicked and intractable issues in post-Apartheid South Africa.

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Think-Tank on “Positioning South African Cities for a COVID-19 Economic Recovery”:

The CSP (IGR-NT) convened a Think-Tank on "Positioning South African Cities for a COVID-19 Economic Recovery", attended by 43 participants representing government departments, city practitioners, city network organisations, academics and economic development practitioners.

Covid-19 & Water in Metros: A National Treasury discussion about key issues and financial impact

​This CSP (IGR-NT) convened discussion was attended by 67 participants from metros, sector departments and other organisations -receiving inputs from all 8 metros on the financial impact on municipalities of water and sanitation responses to COVID-19.

Subnational Doing Business
Subnational Doing Business Re-Launch Event

​The CSP (IGR-NT) convened a SNDB Re-Launch Event on the 1 – 2 October 2019 attended by 92 participants from the metros, the Presidency, National Treasury, the DTIC and programme partners. The aim of the event was re-energise the programme implemented by the metros with the support of National Treasury (CSP), the World Bank Group (WBG), the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the UK Prosperity Fund.

City Economic Development Managers’ Forum Meetings

National Treasury IGR-CSP convenes a bi-monthly City Economic Development Managers' Forum in terms of a City Budget Forum decision to focus on city economic recovery within the COVID-19 disaster. COGTA, the DALLRD, DSBD, DTIC and SEDA all participate.

CSP Tools
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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)


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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

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.