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​The second meeting of a Community of Practice (CoP) series was held on 21st October 2021 with the objective of sharing experiences of municipalities and other stakeholders on new generation capacity (the first CoP was held in May 2021). The October explored modalities, opportunities, and innovative approaches regarding wheeling which municipalities could take advantage of. 

2021-11-05 12:00 AM31https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=31

​​Anthea Stephens: anthea.stephens@treasury.gov.za

The second meeting of a Community of Practice (CoP) series was held on 21st October 2021 with the objective of sharing experiences of municipalities and other stakeholders on new generation capacity (the first CoP was held in May 2021). The October explored modalities, opportunities, and innovative approaches regarding wheeling which municipalities could take advantage of. Given that the approach to wheeling is still novel, the CoP provided a useful platform for municipalities to learn from each other and to navigate – together – practical issues surrounding implementation.

The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) with its mandate for setting and approving electricity tariffs and prices, and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) which is facilitating a municipal Wheeling Working Group, with support from GIZ, provided context for the engagement. Two insightful case studies were presented by George and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities, sharing their first-hand experience of critical facets of their tariff approach, the regulator-required Cost of Supply Study and tariff determination, modelled for realisation of revenue. Both municipalities had important objectives in common, including to provide better services to electricity customers while incentivising customers to remain on the grid. The case studies highlighted that applying a cost reflective time of use tariff assists in ensuring that electricity prices are as low as possible and contributes towards the sustainability of the municipality.
The interactive discussion, which followed reflections on the case studies from SALGA and Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), gave rise to technical questions around success factors for piloting and eventual roll-out, and billing structures. These highlighted the key issues on the minds of participants, while deepening shared learning. The discussion pivoted on the complexities surrounding wheeling approaches and agreements and the resultant need for flexible and adaptable business models. The following central points were made:
  • Policy reform and needs to be inclusive. While aspects of energy policy reform are taking place, the future goal and overall direction of the sector remains uncertain.
  • Wheeling agreements are not a mechanism for adjusting for underlying tariff structure issues. These underlying issues need to be addressed separately.
  • The differentiated circumstances and capacities across the municipalities make it challenging to ensure that no-one is left behind in this process.
  • Electricity distributors hold a social responsibility that must be managed and costed for over time.
  • Municipalities will need to increase their internal legal capacities to enable them to act and negotiate effectively in the new generation capacity space, and particularly to manage their risk.

This CoP meeting raised many pertinent questions and issues and provided significant insights regarding the regulatory, legal and policy lacunas surrounding new generation capacity in general and wheeling in distribution networks. The next CoP, planned for early 2022, will continue to navigate the complexities that characterise the changing role of municipalities regarding new generation capacity.
21 October 2021NoSustainability within the Municipal Energy Sectorhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=2323
 
  
The month of October is designated as Urban October, as declared by the United Nations. During Urban October, governments, NGOs, and communities are encouraged to be in conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the rapid change in our cities. Urban October ends with World Cities Day on the 31st of October, which is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable urban development globally. Watch ​eThekwini Video Story
2021-11-05 12:00 AM30https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=30


​Anthea Stephens: anthea.stephens@treasury.gov.za

The month of October is designated as Urban October, as declared by the United Nations. During Urban October, governments, NGOs, and communities are encouraged to be in conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the rapid change in our cities. Urban October ends with World Cities Day on the 31st of October, which is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable urban development globally. To commemorate 2021’s World Cities Day, under the theme “Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience”, eThekwini, in partnership with the UN Habitat, convened an online event to launch a publication on the findings and recommendations of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Lessons Learned Exercise (LLE) undertaken by eThekwini.

This report emanated from support offered by National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme together with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction. Following severe floods in 2019, eThekwini wanted to know how they could improve their response to disasters. Through the CSP, the World Bank facilitated an emergency preparedness and response Lessons Learnt Exercise with eThekwini and other stakeholders involved in emergency response.

The ‘Lessons Learned Exercise for Emergency Preparedness and Response’ (EP&R) was designed as a collaborative project between the South Africa National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme (CSP), eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, and the World Bank. The exercise was conducted between June and October 2020, with a virtual engagement process between 31 August and 11 September 2020. This LLE which was conducted against the backdrop of the COVID-19 emergency in 2020—and in light of travel and other restrictions—was the first ever to be conducted entirely through remote engagement.

The LLE generated recommendations to strengthen emergency preparedness and response in eThekwini that address issues pertaining to the legal and institutional framework, information, facilities, equipment, and personnel. The implementation of prioritised recommendations is being taken forward in the city and nationally.

The CSP and World Bank team acknowledge the passion, drive and inspirational leadership of Bongumusa Zondo in the online engagements, without which the LLE could not have gained the input and support from more than 84 stakeholders across multiple and diverse engagements. The LLE and this final report greatly benefited from the input and guidance of Ané Bruwer, Chief Director at the National Disaster Management Centre, Sibongiseni Ngema Chief Director of the Provincial Disaster Management Centre, and Vincent Ngubane, Head of the eThekwini Disaster Management Centre. Steve Middleton, Head of Durban Metropolitan Police Service, and Enock Mchunu, Head of Fire and Emergency Services provided critical input on local emergency response operations. A wide range of officials from eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality provided technical guidance; they included personnel from the Disaster Management and Emergency Control Unit, Finance and Pensions, Health, Fleet Services, Coastal Engineering and Stormwater Catchment Management, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Corporate Communications, Supply Chain Management, Performance Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Community Participation and Action Support Unit, and Human Settlements.

29 October 2021NoClimate Resilient Planninghttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=1818
 
  

​Despite Year 2’s domination by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSP managed to adapt and produce good results. The pandemic pushed the team to build resilience and accelerate innovative ways of working within the CSP, the metros and in the intergovernmental arena. CSP2 focused on supporting the national economic recovery agenda with metros and linked its metro water and energy reforms work to Operation Vulindlela’s economic growth initiatives.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM29https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=29

​Bernadette Leon: Bernadette.Leon@Treasury.gov.za

​​Despite Year 2’s domination by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSP managed to adapt and produce good results. The pandemic pushed the team to build resilience and accelerate innovative ways of working within the CSP, the metros and in the intergovernmental arena. CSP2 focused on supporting the national economic recovery agenda with metros and linked its metro water and energy reforms work to Operation Vulindlela’s economic growth initiatives.

29 October 2021YesPM18 Programme Evaluationshttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=8686
 
  

​The CSP, in partnership with the World Bank Group and the DTIC held a successful webinar event on the 28th October 2021 that shared appropriate institutional models and management structures for industrial spaces globally and in South Africa..read more

2021-10-29 12:00 AM28https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=28

​Karen Harrison: Karen.Harrison@Treasury.gov.za

The CSP, in partnership with the World Bank Group and the DTIC held a successful webinar event on the 28th October 2021 that shared appropriate institutional models and management structures for industrial spaces globally and in South Africa. The webinar brought together a range of actors representing the metros and non-metro municipalities, provincial development agencies, SEZ Companies, and the formal and informal private sector. The webinar event included framing presentations by the CSP on the metro industrial park revitalisation pilots and from the DTIC on its industrial park revitalisation programme. Global experts from the EBG presented case-studies from Malaysia, Vietnam and Turkey. South African panellist respondents included representatives from the AIDC, SA Clusters, the City of Johannesburg, the Durban South Women in Business Association and the South African Informal Traders’ Alliance.


​​Link to project page

28 October 2021YesIndustrial Park revitalisationhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=3434
 
  

​The 5th Community of Practice (COP) held on the 21 October 2021, focused on the difficult issue of unauthorised land occupation. The National Department of Human Settlements shared a presentation on proposed amendments to the PIE Act. The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) made a presentation on the impact of unauthorised land occupation on municipal service delivery and planning, as well as the financial impact on local government budgets, from both the expenditure and revenue perspectives....read more

2021-10-29 12:00 AM27https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=27

​Seth Maqetuka: seth.maqetuka@treasury.gov.za

​The 5th Community of Practice (COP) held on the 21 October 2021, focused on the difficult issue of unauthorised land occupation. The National Department of Human Settlements shared a presentation on proposed amendments to the PIE Act. The Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) made a presentation on the impact of unauthorised land occupation on municipal service delivery and planning, as well as the financial impact on local government budgets, from both the expenditure and revenue perspectives. The COP is a joint initiative of CAHF, the CSP of National Treasury, and SALGA and was established in 2019 as a regular platform intended to address issues of housing finance, spatial planning and housing development in cities. The purpose of the Community of Practice on Human Settlements Finance is to provide a knowledge-sharing platform for research on residential property markets and the built environment finance framework.


​Link to project page

29 October 2021NoScaling Up Informal Settlements Upgradinghttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=88
 
  

​The Directors-General of National Treasury and the Department of Small Business Development, Mr Dondo Mogajane and Mr Lindokuhle Mkhumane, are jointly convening a Metro Township Economic Development Symposium on the 18th and 19th August 2021. The aim of the Symposium is to galvanise the public, private sector, civil society actors and donors behind metro-driven evidence-based initiatives to revitalize township and well-located industrial spaces.

Click here to go to the Metro TED Symposium event page.

2021-08-17 12:00 AM26https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=26

​Karen Harrison: karen.harrison@treasury.gov.za

​The Directors-General of National Treasury and the Department of Small Business Development, Mr Dondo Mogajane and Mr Lindokuhle Mkhumane, are jointly convening a Metro Township Economic Development Symposium on the 18th and 19th August 2021. The aim of the Symposium is to galvanise the public, private sector, civil society actors and donors behind metro-driven evidence-based initiatives to revitalize township and well-located industrial spaces.

Click here to go to the Metro TED Symposium event page.

12 August 2021YesTownship Economic Developmenthttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=3333
 
  

The 39th annual SATC, scheduled for the 5-7th July 2021, will have a session hosted by the City Support Programme, focussing on spatial transformation. The CSP will be showcasing its spatial transformation agenda in three areas, namely Human Settlements; Economic Development and Public Transport.

2021-07-19 12:00 AM25https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=25

Malebo Matolong: malebo.matolong@Treasury.gov.za

The 39th annual SATC, scheduled for the 5-7th July 2021, will have a session hosted by the City Support Programme, focussing on spatial transformation. The CSP will be showcasing its spatial transformation agenda in three areas, namely Human Settlements; Economic Development and Public Transport.

7 July 2021NoSNDB & DBhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=353535; 34; 134
 
  

​The Centre of Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) in partnership with GTAC has produced for the CSP and its partners a focus note on the impact of municipal rates policies on the affordable sector.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM24https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=24
Seth Maqetuka: seth.maqetuka@treasury.gov.za
Alison Tshangana: alison@housingfinanceafrica.org
Kecia Rust: kecia@housingfinanceafrica.org

The Centre of Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) in partnership with GTAC has produced for the CSP and its partners a focus note on the impact of municipal rates policies on the affordable sector.

The authority of municipalities to set own annual property rates policies—a substantial role in own revenue capacity—is an opportunity to balance revenue objectives with efforts to assist low income households as part of city poverty reduction and local economic development mandates. The affordability of home ownership for low income households is challenged by bond payments, and utility charges and property rates. Rates policies instruments—such as the Residential Exclusion Threshold (RET) and means-tested rates rebates for low income households—can power investment in local residential property markets while also improving the affordability of home ownership for low income households. CAHF focuses on the felt and potential impact of COVID-19 on metro rates revenue. Then, using Lightstone’s 2019 deeds data, it analyses the RET’s impact on the affordable housing sector. With better use of valuation and deeds data, metros can more accurately target the RET, and improve its accuracy in supporting the affordable housing sector.



8 April 2021NoResidential Property Marketshttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=8888
 
  

​The Centre of Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) in partnership with GTAC has produced for the CSP and its partners a focus note on First-time Home Buyers.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM23https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=23
Seth Maqetuka: seth.maqetuka@treasury.gov.za
Alison Tshangana: alison@housingfinanceafrica.org
Kecia Rust: kecia@housingfinanceafrica.org



​The Centre of Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) in partnership with GTAC has produced for the CSP and its partners a focus note on First-time Home Buyers. CAHF’s analysis of Lightstone’s title deeds data shows the differentiated performance of the five main market segments, namely entry level, affordable, conventional, high-end and luxury. Surprising findings show that almost half of first-time home buyers entered the property market at the low end, thus acting as significant drivers of the property market in metros. The impact and driving forces of these first-time home buyers, in the context of COVID-19, highlight implications and suggest recommendations for metro support for this market.

12 May 2021NoResidential Property Marketshttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=8888
 
  

​The eThekwini metro and its partners, supported by the CSP, are convening a virtual meeting to reflect on the Safer City Strategy, its Implementation Plan and the role of transversal management, to clarify the next steps for implementation and the roles and responsibilities of eThekwini staff and other role-players.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM22https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=22
Thulani C. Msomi: Thulani.Msomi@durban.gov.za
Nomsa Shembe: nomusa.shembe@durban.gov.za
Lungile Madlala: lungile.madlala@treasury.gov.za
Bernadette Leon: Bernadette.leon@treasury.gov.za



​​The eThekwini metro and its partners, supported by the CSP, are convening a virtual meeting to reflect on the Safer City Strategy, its Implementation Plan and the role of transversal management, to clarify the next steps for implementation and the roles and responsibilities of eThekwini staff and other role-players.

3 / 4 June 2021NoCoaching and Facilitation, Change Management, and Transversal Managementhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=1414
 
  

​Municipalities, including metros, are accelerating their readiness for municipal procurement of new generation capacity. As some municipalities make advances in certain areas, there are opportunities to build municipal capacity for procurement of new generation capacity through peer learning, knowledge exchange, sharing of best practice, collaborations and building synergies between municipalities, other stakeholders, thought leaders and industry experts.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM21https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=21

​Anthea Stephens

Municipalities, including metros, are accelerating their readiness for municipal procurement of new generation capacity. As some municipalities make advances in certain areas, there are opportunities to build municipal capacity for procurement of new generation capacity through peer learning, knowledge exchange, sharing of best practice, collaborations and building synergies between municipalities, other stakeholders, thought leaders and industry experts. Against this context, the establishment of a Community of Practice (CoP) by National Treasury's Cities Support Programme, is timely. The CoP will focus on supporting learning and capability amongst metros to participate in and benefit from the opportunity created in the enabling environment for municipal procurement of new generation capacity.

The Community of Practice held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, 11 May 2020, attended by officials from the eight metros, and organisations supporting metros. Contextual inputs were made from Strover Maganedisa at National Treasury's GTAC Unit and Sibongile Mazibuko at the CSP on the purpose of the COP. Sean Phillips elucidated the contribution that metros embarking on the procurement of new generation capacity can make to Operation Vulindlela. Presentations from the City of Ekurhuleni and the City of Cape Town highlighted the experiences of these metros in taking steps towards the procurement of new generation capacity.

These case studies sparked discussion on some of the challenges experienced in the implementation of the procurement of new generation capacity, including what feasibility studies should be undertaken, whether the procurement regulations related only to PPPs, and clarity on the section 33 process in relation to the application to the DMRE for a section 34 determination.

The CoP was welcomed by all as a necessary platform to facilitate knowledge sharing and identify hurdles in the implementation of procurement by municipalities could be raised. Although the initial idea was to convene the CoP quarterly, the interest in discussing the following topics was stressed by the members, who could see more regular meetings on topics including amongst others: the National Treasury processes and ways to streamline these if possible; the risk allocation of projects where municipal land is provided to IPPs for the projects; bankable PPAs and what the DMRE's process would be for a deviation from the IRP2019 and the anticipated increase to the licensing exemption threshold from 1MW - 10MW by the DMRE. The City of Johannesburg also volunteered to share their experiences at the next CoP.


11 May 2020NoSustainability within the Municipal Energy Sectorhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=2323
 
  

​The CSP is hosting a workshop for the 8 metros In South Africa's metropolitan municipalities (metros), where a number of international experiences and lessons – relevant to the South African context – will be shared.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM20https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=20

​Seth Maqetuka

​The CSP is hosting a workshop for the 8 metros In South Africa's metropolitan municipalities (metros), where a number of international experiences and lessons – relevant to the South African context – will be shared. The World Bank will bring in experts including utility managers, regulators, city officials and program implementers to support these exchanges. World Bank experts with experience in South Africa and on improving services to informal communities from around the world will also be mobilized. The examples discussed will take into consideration the South Africa context and the situation highlighted during the roundtable discussion.

14 May 2021NoScaling Up Informal Settlements Upgradinghttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=88
 
  

National Treasury's Cities Support Programme (CSP) makes spatially aggregated employment and firm level data at a sub-municipal level publicly available. National Treasury today made available spatial data mined from anonymised administrative tax data documenting employment and firm level statistics at a sub-municipal level longitudinally.


2021-12-06 12:00 AM19https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=19
Karen Harrison

National Treasury's Cities Support Programme (CSP) makes spatially aggregated employment and firm level data at a sub-municipal level publicly available

National Treasury today made available spatial data mined from anonymised administrative tax data documenting employment and firm level statistics at a sub-municipal level longitudinally. The data presented in eight metro reports includes information per tax year from 2013 to 2018 related to:

  • The number of weighted employees per main place (including data disaggregated by age groups, gender, wage bands and industry information)
  • The number of firms per main place (including data disaggregated by firm size, employment and turnover trends, export status and the number of new and closed firms)

South African cities and towns are characterised by a spatial mismatch between where people live and economic activity – one of the legacies of Apartheid spatial planning - resulting in the exclusion of a large percentage of the population (particularly lower income and historically disadvantaged groups) from participating in the economy. This type of data is integral to support the work of policymakers and planners within our municipalities to make better informed, data-driven decisions and policies to address these structural inequalities within our cities and boost economic growth; whether that be identifying locations for low-income housing, evaluating transportation infrastructure investment, how we subsidise various modes of transport or identifying areas earmarked for commercial or industrial investment. This is also valuable to academic institutions, civil society organisations, think tanks, private sector entities and active citizens who can all contribute to improving South Africa.

There has historically been a dearth of economic data relating to firms and jobs available in South Africa, particularly at a sub-metro level. While substantial work is done by organisations such as Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) producing important economic data, their primary mandate is not focussed on this lower level information. Similarly, while there are various private sector organisations that repurpose national, provincial and municipal level economic statistics (typically from Stats SA) into sub-municipal level information; these process are opaque black boxes and are fraught with issues including that they typically rely on census data to disaggregate (which provides information on where people live rather than work) as well as only being accessible for a premium. Metros in South Africa have consistently requested this type of data from various government agencies and departments; and have on numerous occasions conducted expensive industry and firm specific surveys to attempt to fill this data gap. Now this data will be made available nationally to support all municipalities. While the use of this data fills a major gap within a drive for more evidence-based policy within government, as it is based on administrative tax data it excludes information on the informal sector and non-tax registered firms and individuals.

The project was made possible by a collaboration between the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and National Treasury (NT), who in 2015, in partnership with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), set up a secure data facility – based at National Treasury in Tshwane – to host the highly sensitive and anonymised administrative tax data collected by SARS during revenue collection. This was done to support evidenced-based policy and research by various departments within NT as well as researchers (who can apply to gain access to the data facility). Data within the facility includes information related to Company Income Tax (CIT), Personal Income Tax (PIT), Value Added Tax (VAT) and Customs. The project utilised this completely anonymised tax data to create these spatially aggregated data within our cities, while still ensuring that individuals and firms are not identifiable within the data. The intention will be to prepare and make available panel data sets on an annual basis for metros and researchers to access.

National Treasury has entered a partnership with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to assist in the data mining for 2021 and to strengthen capacity within National Treasury and the metros to mine the data on a sustainable basis, to integrate this data with other data sets, and to analyse the data in a manner that can positively impact of integrated city planning and investment.


14 May 2021YesSpatialised economic datahttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=3636
 
  

​The National Treasury Cities Support Program (CSP) in partnership with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP) and the Development Action Group (DAG) commissioned legal research that sought to provide legal opinion on two critical questions that were at the centre of the Inclusionary Housing debate in South Africa.

2021-12-01 12:00 AM18https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=18

​Samantha Naidu

The National Treasury Cities Support Program (CSP) in partnership with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP) and the Development Action Group (DAG) commissioned legal research that sought to provide legal opinion on two critical questions that were at the centre of the Inclusionary Housing debate in South Africa. The first question is (i) whether South Africa currently has sufficient legal basis to impose mandatory Inclusionary Housing conditions as part of proposed developments in existing development corridors and other areas where there are active urban land markets, and the second question is (ii) whether the current existing South African legal framework legally supports payments made by a developer as an alternative to providing inclusionary housing for a proposed development, also known as an "in-lieu fee" option. The key research finding underpinning this report is that there is sufficient legal basis under South African law to authorise municipally imposed mandatory Inclusionary Housing requirements and more tentatively, to provide for an in-lieu fee option.


1 April 2021YesLand Value Capturehttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=4545
 
  

The National Land Value Capture Programme, supported by the National Treasury Cities Support Program (CSP) in partnership with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP) and the Development Action Group (DAG), is excited to launch their first publication "Bridging Divides- Building an Inclusionary Housing Policy in Cape Town".

2021-12-01 12:00 AM17https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=17

​Samantha Naidu

​The National Land Value Capture Programme, supported by the National Treasury Cities Support Program (CSP) in partnership with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LILP) and the Development Action Group (DAG), is excited to launch their first publication "Bridging Divides- Building an Inclusionary Housing Policy in Cape Town". The publication provides some important insights on the key issues and theoretical arguments underpinning the Cape Town Inclusionary Housing Policy development process. We hope this report will be a valuable resource to built environment practitioners with a keen interest on the ongoing Inclusionary Housing debate in South Africa.

1 April 2021YesLand Value Capturehttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=4545
 
  

On the 6 April 2021 the Deputy Minister, Dr David Masondo, launched the City Economic Development Managers Forum (CEDMF) Publication, a documenting of the journey of metros and broader stakeholder using the CEDMF to drive economic development recovery planning for metros.​

2021-11-30 12:00 AM16https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=16


​Karen Harrison

​On the 6 April 2021 the Deputy Minister, Dr David Masondo, launched the City Economic Development Managers Forum (CEDMF) Publication, a documenting of the journey of metros and broader stakeholder using the CEDMF to drive economic development recovery planning for metros.​


​City Economic Development Managers' Forum Meetings

1 April 2021NoPartnering for Inclusive Growthhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=99
 
  

The Centre for Affordable Housing Centre (CAHF) has produced 8 metro reports and an overview report on the residential property market for the National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme through the GTAC-CAHF partnership.

2021-11-30 12:00 AM15https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=15

​Seth Maqetuka

The Centre for Affordable Housing Centre (CAHF) has produced 8 metro reports and an overview report on the residential property market for the National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme through the GTAC-CAHF partnership.

These reports focus on government-subsidised housing. Well over half of all South African housing caters to lower income groups with 57% located in the eight metros alone. This unrecognised, untapped and sometimes challenging property segment could significantly contribute to city-level post-pandemic economic recovery with benefits reaching low income communities.

To realise these benefits, the report recommends the public and private sectors have roles to play in formalising informal residential property transactions; supporting Transaction Support Centres to help low income communities resolve titling issues; applying planning tools more strategically to boost spatial transformation; implementing area-based green lining to support mortgage and non-mortgage finance coupled with targeted municipal investment in low value areas; and broadening of municipal rates bases by resolving title backlogs and informal title situations.

3 March 2021YesResidential Property Marketshttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=8888
 
  
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.
2021-11-30 12:00 AM13https://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/pages/newsitem.aspx?itemID=13
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.
The meeting identified areas of immediate support to cities to address:
  1. The imperative to rapidly improve water and sanitation services in informal settlements, a key risk for the rapid spread of COVID-19, with devastating health and economic consequences; and
  2. The very serious financial impacts of COVID-19 on the viability and sustainability of water services as a result of the economic impacts of the shut-down and recovery periods.
Preliminary Remarks
  • Discussion not about more money.
  • NT overview & guidance
    • Economic and financial context very difficult and will get worse.
    • This is a marathon and not a sprint
    • Carry on billing, but anticipate reduced revenues & reduced cash flow
    • Anticipate additional spending, but can repurpose conditional grants
    • Stay on core mandate and don't spend on unfunded mandates
    • Be careful of decisions with long-term consequences (eg. recruitment, additional service obligations, service choices)
  • NT CSP role limited to technical assistance
Short Term and Immediate Issues
  • Existing stresses are made worse
    • E.g., drought, NRW, poor payment levels, under-maintenance
  • Service standards in IS are very low
    • One toilet per 10 households
    • Cleaned/emptied once per week
  • IS are not a permanent feature in metros (not going away, but growing)
  • Short-term response in metros in IS appears to depend largely on
    • Chemical toilets for additional services. These are expensive, what happens later on?
    • Water Tanks and tankers for short term response. These are expensive, what happens later on?
  • Reallocation of resources
    • Substantial additional budgets in some metros in 2019/20, but what about 2020/21, and is this sustainable?
    • In short term, most can be funded by reallocations, but outlook for 2020/21 is unclear.
    • Anticipated reduction in staffing availability was a risk mentioned only in some metros. Is this risk being addressed adequately?
Medium Term Issues
  • Managing in a much more difficult economic and financial context
    • Higher expenses
    • Lower affordability
    • Reduced revenues (initial estimates look very significant, even for 2019/20)
  • Higher costs of borrowing (still to come)
29 April 202013NoWater Resiliencehttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=2121
 
  

​The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, together with Invest SA, drive the national reform process in collaboration with the Presidency and National Treasury. The DTIC has set up 5 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) with relevant public and private stakeholders to drive the national reform process.

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Karen Harrison: CSP-NT
Karen.Harrison@treasury.gov.za


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. The DB Survey provides comparative measures across countries across 10 indicators over the life-cycle of a small business. Of these 10 indicators only 3 - Dealing with Construction Permits, Getting Electricity and Registering Property - have a high level of dependency on the performance of the sub-national sphere of government in South Africa. The performance of the remaining indicators - Starting a Business, Getting Credit, Protecting Minority Investors, Paying Taxes, Trading Across Borders, Enforcing Contracts and Resolving Insolvency - lie primarily within the ambit of national government.

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, together with Invest SA, drive the national reform process in collaboration with the Presidency and National Treasury. The DTIC has set up 5 Technical Working Groups (TWGs) with relevant public and private stakeholders to drive the national reform process. These TWGs focus on: Starting a Business, Dealing with Construction Permits, Getting Electricity, Registering Property, Paying Taxes and Trading Across Borders.

The relevant National Treasury's line function departments and CSP participate in the TWGs. The CSP focuses on ensuring alignment between the SNDB and DB reform programmes and that cities are able to participate and lobby within these platforms. The CSP is preparing quarterly metro updates on the work of the DB TWGs in order to facilitate communication flows.
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​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.

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​​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.

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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.

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14th April 2020
Meeting 1 Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

22nd April 2020
SA's Updated Economic and Social Support Measures
EThekwini Economic Stimulus Plan

28nd April 2020
CBF Economic Recovery
Meeting 2 Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

12th May 2020
DSBD Covid-19 response Presentation
Economic Recovery through SNDB - CEDF
IUDF Presentation
Notes of the City Economic Development Managers

26th May 2020
Notes of the City Economic Development Managers
DSBD Covid-19 SMME Response Progs
Annexure A City ED Managers' Forum Mural
Annexure B COVID 19 Relief Summary
Annexure C DTIC City ED Managers Forum
Annexure D Productivity SA
Annexure E CoT Economic Recovery Reponse Plan
Annexure F WBG Presentation to CEDM Forum

9th June 2020
City ED Managers Forum 9 June 2020 Meeting Summary
DTIC ENTITIES COVID19 SUPPORT
Economic Opportunities
IDCSST
Management Committee and NEF Staff NEF Response to COVID19 Pandemic

23rd June 2020
Mural-EDM forum 23 June -Deepening inter-governmental co-ord

7th July 2020
Clusters_Ethekwini_ NT CSP Presentation
COVID 19 Business Recovery Update
DAC_WGAandB - Phase 3 Session 1
Economic_Impact_Of_COVID19_on_the SA_Automotive_Sector
Mural City Economic Recovery Planning- Deep Dive into the Auto Sector
NAAMSA State of the Auto Industry
NT ED MNGRS FORUM 7 JULY 2020

22nd July 2020
​BUILDING A SOCIETY THAT WORKS
EDMF Mural Codesigning PEPs


Karen Harrison: CSP-NT
Karen.Harrison@treasury.gov.za
National Treasury IGR-CSP convenes a bi-monthly City Economic Development Managers' Forum t 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.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the downgrading of SA's investment grading has placed huge financial and development pressures on South African cities. There are huge demands on metros from a disaster and health perspective. All the metros are under growing pressure from business in terms of their ability to pay rates, rentals and service delivery charges and to provide information on what national support instruments are available. Metro municipalities are developing their economic responses to the crisis.

However, many of the economic support measures that businesses must access lie at national government level. As such, metro economic responses must be a collaborative inter-governmental and societal effort.

To facilitate inter-governmental co-ordination, the City Economic Development Managers' Forum will perform the following functions:
  1. Facilitate information flows between metros and key economic sector departments to:
    • Provide updates on available economic relief measures
    • Provide feedback on the uptake of these relief measures (e.g. employee, SMME and informal trader) by national sector departments
    • Provide feedback on business and community' perceptions and experience of these measures by the metros; and
    • Share and address data requirements by both national sector departments and metros.
  2. Act as a platform for metros to test their own economic relief and recovery measures to ensure city relief measures:
    • Do not duplicate national interventions
    • Do not encourage double-dipping by firms and individuals; and
    • Are fiscally and legally sound.
The inception meeting was held on the 14th April 2020. This meeting agreed on the objectives of the Forum. National Treasury and SEDA presented on national economic support measures that had been put in place. The cities reported on difficulties in SMMEs accessing the available support and engaged on their actions to facilitate information flows to businesses. The cities also shared their economic recovery measures that were being considered.

In the second Forum meeting held on the 28th April 2020, National Treasury provided an update on government's economic and social response and relief measures announced by the President as part of the second phase of the country's COVID-19 response. The DARDLR provided information about its R 1.2 Billion farmer support programme. A highlight in this meeting was a presentation made by the EThekwini Metro on its draft Economic Recovery Plan. The Open Data Lab also engaged the metros on support that could be provided to the metros to manage and analyse data that could assist in their economic development responses to COVID-19 and the current economic crisis.

CEDMF Publications

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​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.

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Karen Harrison: CSP-NT
Karen.Harrison@treasury.gov.za


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.

Panelists that participated in the event included:
  • Phumzile Xulu from the South African Informal Worker Association
  • Brian Phalooh from the South African Informal Traders' Forum
  • Rosheda Muller from the South African Informal Traders' Alliance
  • Gog' Lulama Mali from the Joburg Informal Traders' Platform
  • Sthembiso Garane from the City of Ekurhuleni
  • Thulani Nzama from the Ethekwini Metro
The webinar highlighted the need for cities to shift from a focus on law enforcement to recognising and supporting the informal sector in performing its significant social and economic role. The importance of collaboration between the sector and local government was highlighted and the need to build capabilities within both to enable this. The range of instruments that cities have at their disposal to enable the informal economy was highlighted, including: service delivery, licensing, access to land and buildings, supportive services such as storage and access to child care; management of informal trader spaces; and facilitating digital access. Cities also had an immediate role in assisting informal traders address health and safety issues related to Covid-19.
YesLand Based Financing Innovationhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=4343
 
  

​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.

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​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.

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Doing Business in South Africa 2018 is the second edition of the subnational Doing Business series in South Africa.

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Documents
Deputy Minister's Speech
Media release
Overview and results presentation

Resources
The link to the report - www.doingbusiness.org/Southafrica

​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.

YesSNDB & DBhttps://csp.treasury.gov.za/csp/Pages/project.aspx?itemID=3535
 
  

​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.

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Documents
  • Strategic Planning Led Budgeting v3 20052018
  • Outcomes Led Planning 29 May 2018
  • Fiscal Impacts Metro Experience 29 May 2018
  • Infrastructure Led Growth 29 May 2018
  • Alignment of Planning Budgeting & Capital Exp
  • IUDF planning instruments v7
  • MFMA Circular No. 88 Nov 2017
  • Reforming Regulatory Env Urban Reform Nov 2016
  • SDF Guidelines Review Rec Dec 2017
Presentations
  • Why have cities embarked on planning, budgeting and reporting
  • BEPP SDF Guidelines Review IUDF
  • NDP and NSDF
  • IUDF & sharpening the planning tools
  • International Perspectives on Planning Reform
  • Integration Syndicate Findings and Propositions
  • Outcomes Led Planning
  • Infrastructure-led growth through spatially targeted public investment
  • Best Practice guidelines for aligning
  • Fiscal Impacts Tool
  • Sharpening planning tools

​​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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The workshop is a platform for cities to exchange new ideas and approaches to MBT reform and improvements and help shape thinking around...

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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.

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