Updated : March 5, 2018

Deputy Minister Nel’s Message of Support to Municipal Demarcation Board (MBD)

Posted : January 23, 2019


We congratulate the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) on its twentieth birthday.

The MDB has played a vital role in the long, complex, difficult, but also exciting, journey of building democratic developmental local government and transforming the painful legacy of spatial injustice bequeathed by the ruinous and unjust system of more than 1200 segregated apartheid local entities.

The MDB continues to be a firm and important ally in achieving our National Development Plan’s goal of transforming the national space economy and ensuring that by 2030 South Africa observes meaningful and measurable progress in reviving rural areas and in creating more functionally integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlements.

The MDB has participated actively in both the formulation and implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Plan (IUDF) which marks a New Deal for South African cities and towns.

The IUDF aims at steering urban growth towards a sustainable model of compact, connected and coordinated cities and towns that are liveable, safe, resource-efficient, socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, where residents actively participate in urban life.

The MDB has also supported the Back to Basics approach to supporting municipalities to ensure that they put people first, deliver basic services, practice good governance, adhere to sound financial management and build capable institutions.

The MDB has carried out the often sensitive task of demarcating municipalities and wards in a way that is independent and credible. In so doing has contributed to consolidating our constitutional democracy and building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous nation.

We commend the leadership and officials of the MDB, past and present, for acquitting their difficult and complex tasks with dedication and integrity, often under difficult circumstances.

We thank Ms Jane Thupana, the Chairperson, and members of the MDB as well as Mr Muthotho Sigidi, the CEO, and staff of the MDB for the excellent working relationship that we have enjoyed with them. We wish them well in their future endeavours.

As the Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs we respect the independence of the MDB and undertake to continue supporting its important work and ensuring the collaboration of all relevant stakeholders in the spirit of co-operative governance.

uMhlathuze explores how the municipality will ‘live, work and play’ in 2038

Posted : December 22, 2018

In line with the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) with its partners designed an Intermediate City Municipalities programme that provides support to enable them to respond to challenges that municipalities face. The City of uMhlathuze was chosen as one of two intermediate cities for the IUDF pilot project because it is one of the best performing municipalities that has amongst others, achieved clean audits consistently for the past five years. (more…)

Deputy Minister Nel’s address at Planning Africa 2018

Posted : December 12, 2018

Deputy Minister Nel’s address at the Planning Africa 2018 conference made on 15 October 2018

Programme Director

SAPI President, Ms Nthato Minyuku,

MEC Western Cape Government, Mr Anton Bredell,

MMC for Transport and Urban Planning of the City of Cape Town, Mr Brett Heron,

International guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Thank you very much for the opportunity to address this very important Planning Africa Conference on: “The Making of Modern African Cities.” (more…)

CoGTA Minister to host brics sectoral meeting

Posted : December 12, 2018

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, will host BRICS Ministers responsible for local government and disaster management as well as mayors and other local government practitioners under the auspices of the BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Government Cooperation Urbanisation Forum, in East London on 28 June through to the 1st of July this year. (more…)

Gauteng Premier David Makhura to host 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting

Posted : December 12, 2018

Premier David Makhura in his capacity as Co-president of World Association of Major Metropolises will host the 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting from 26th to 29th August at the Sandton Convention Centre, under the theme: “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City-Regions”. This forms part of ongoing efforts to localise the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda; as well as give international political visibility to the interests of Cities, find innovative solutions to the challenges facing Cities and City regions, lobby financial and technical assistance, and ensure mutual learning and capacity development. (more…)

President Ramaphosa urges COGTA to decisively dismantle apartheid spatial planning

Posted : December 12, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 10 May 2018, visited the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) to interact with top management and the staff. This visit was in fulfillment of the President’s commitment in the State of the Nation Address to visit government departments and key state institutions as part of ensuring alignment in the work of government, as well as promoting good governance and professionalism in the public sector. (more…)

IUDF highlighted in 2018 COGTA budget vote

Posted : December 12, 2018

In his 2018 budget vote presented to parliament today, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, reemphasised the department’s commitment to the IUDF.

“Our national urban policy, the Integrated Urban Development Framework, was adopted by Cabinet on 26 April 2016. During his visit to our offices, the President directed us to lead the charge around integrated urban development and to decisively dismantle the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

To this extent, we will ensure that, as part of their spatial development frameworks, municipalities identify strategically-located land that is required to transform the apartheid spatial patterns, boost economic growth and provide opportunities to our communities. We will also intensify work that we have started on the revival of small towns”, Dr. Mkhize said.

To read the full 2018 budget vote visit the COGTA website.

South African Government Urges ‘Whole of Society – Whole of Government’ approach to Respond

Posted : December 12, 2018

South African Government Urges ‘Whole of Society – Whole of Government’ approach to Respond To the challenges of sustainable urban development

The South African government sent a delegation to the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from February 7-13. The conference theme was “Cities 2030: Cities for All – Implementing the New Urban Agenda”.At the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9) this year, South Africa was prominent in its clear progress towards the creation of a strategic plan of action for implementing the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). (more…)

Integrated Urban Development Framework can transform SA cities into economic engines

Posted : December 12, 2018

Integrated Urban Development Framework can transform SA cities into economic engines – provided we get all-of-government, all-of-society buy-in.

This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and Budget Speech re-affirmed government’s commitment to realising the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and to holistically address urban challenges and opportunities. While, the IUDF is a long-term framework, government is also taking measures to deal with immediate urban issues. (more…)

‘We the city’ Architecture ZA conference

Posted : March 23, 2018

Globally, new opportunities are being created toward compact cities, improved energy consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. The Architecture ZA conference – under the theme, ‘We the city’ – will explore these themes. Book your space now at


These partners have been supporting the IUDF: