​​Conferen​ces and Workshops
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.

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DFI Day (Development Finance Institutions) - (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.

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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.

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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 the 16th of 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.

The study benchmarks improvements in the business regulation environment across 9 cities (Buffalo City, Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini, Johannesburg, Mangaung, Msunduzi, Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane) and 4 maritime ports (Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura and Port Elizabeth) previously measured in Doing Business in South Africa 2015. The second study will update the data for these locations across 5 regulatory areas—dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, enforcing contracts and trading across borders—governed by local jurisdiction and/or local implementation of national regulations.

The inception meeting drew significant interest with participation from all cities, as well as partners from National Treasury, the dti's Invest SA, the South African Cities Network, SECO as the main funder of the SNDB survey, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the World Bank. The study will be undertaken in the last quarter of 2017 into 2018 with the results published in September 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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With employment creation remaining such a high national priority, what instruments and tools do cities have to take Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) to a new level? How can the work undertaken through public employment best support and align with other social and economic priorities in the urban space? What types of work will attract target constituencies such as youth – and open doors for them beyond the employment period?
This workshop explored these questions and more, with a focus on innovation in the types of work undertaken and on strengthening the social and economic impacts of EPWP. It is anticipated that some of the new ideas from local and international examples may be incorporated into the planning of Incentive Grant projects. Through the Cities Support Programme, follow-up support will also be provided to those cities that want to apply innovative approaches in their project selection and design.

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Workshop on Housing Strategy Approach and Tools for Metropolitan Municipalities

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 (BEPP).

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​​​​​Doing Business SA - City Peer Learning Events​
In 2016 National Treasury CSP and the World Bank/IFC hosted 3 Peer Learning Events in the Doing Business indicators where Cities have greatest responsibility – Dealing with Construction Permits (6 May), Getting Electricity (5 may) & Registering Property (24 August).​

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Workshop on City Infrastructure Delivery and Management System (CIDMS) (9 - 10 June 2016)​

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.

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Workshop on Affordable Housing Markets and Demand Side Subsidies (12 May 2016)

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. The main question the project sought to answer was whether a well-designed demand-side subsidy can work to expand the affordable housing market in South Africa. The workshop therefore sought to confirm the demand for Affordable Housing based on an analysis of market activity in this market segment, understand the impact of Banking regulations on this market and work out how government should intervene.

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Workshop on Scaling Up Informal Settlement Upgrading (9 - 10 May 2016)

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. Therefore, ensuring the just and efficient functioning of the Metros is critical not only for urban development, but for the long term development of the country.

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Accelerating the Preparation and Implementation of Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Projects: Institutional and Financial Tools (7 - 9 March 2016)

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.

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Urban Investment Partnership Conference (27 - 28 August 2015)

The National Treasury and the Department of Co-operative Governance in collaboration with the Development Bank of Southern Africa will co-host the Urban Investment Partnership Conference on the 27 - 28 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Conference will bring together senior officials from cities, national departments and investors to lay a foundation for deeper partnerships for inclusive urban growth.

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Parliamentary Standing Committee on Appropriations (SCOA) (21 July 2015)

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.

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Maximising the Value of Public Real Estate: Catalysing Urban (Re) Development (3-5 November 2014)

The purpose of this training workshop was to assist municipal officials conceptualize and practically apply lessons on the leveraging of private sector investment into their catalytic metropolitan projects.