Updated : March 5, 2018

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Cooperative Governance and ICLEI Africa

Posted : July 26, 2019

The Department of Cooperative Governance and ICLEI Africa have entered into a memorandum of understanding on local government support and spatial urban transformation, urban development, institutional development and localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The partnership is aimed at offering support  in the implementation of the Integrated Urban development Framework (IUDF). The first phase of the MOU will look at providing Intermediate city municipalities support in localizing SDGs as well as institutionalizing climate change within their long term plans.

The official signing ceremony of the MOU took place at the Local Government Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Symposium held in Durban ICC at eThekwini Municipality. ICLEI Africa Regional Director, Kobie Brand, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance, Parks Tau and Director General of Cooperative Governance Mr Dan Mashitisho were present to sign the MOU.


The symposium was a partnership between MILE, eThekwini Municipality, ICLEI Africa, SALGA, Department of Cooperative Governance and United National Institute for Training and Research.

The aim of the Symposium was to foster cooperation (whole-of-society-approach) as well as endorse the SDGs as an enabling framework that can effectively be aligned with the IUDF, NDP and municipal IDPs, with the aim of supporting local officials in aligning their work thereto. The two day gathering provided a space to exchange knowledge and celebrate and share best practice initiatives, programmes, and projects that have been implemented at the local level.


2nd Annual Integrated Urban Development Grant Seminar

Posted : July 9, 2019

On the 9thof July, the Department of Cooperative Governance hosted the 2ndannual Integrated Urban Development Grant (IUDG) Seminar at Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni. The aim of the seminar was to provide progress on the implementation of the Integrated Urban Development Framework  (IUDF), discuss and provide roadmap on the IUDG roll out process and also  discuss roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the IUDG process

The Deputy Director General of Cooperative Governance  Mr Fosi highlighted  the importance of the annual IUDG Seminar particularly in responding to the priority of Spatial integration, human settlements and local government stipulated by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the  State Of the Nation Address (SONA 2019)

The  annual seminar champions IUDF’s policy lever 4: Integrated Urban infrastructure, particularly looking at the short-medium term priorities namely; – Consolidate & coordinate infrastructure funding

  • Institutionalise municipal long-term infrastructure planning.
  • Strengthen intergovernmental planning,
  • roles and partnerships
  • Widen sources of finance for urban infrastructure

During the seminar, the first 7 municipalities in the country to develop Capital Expenditure Frameworks (CEFs) got to exhibit their CEFs which highlight their 10 year long-term financial plans and how they plan to prioritise their projects.

The 7 Municipalities are

  1. City of uMhlathuze
  2. Drakenstein Municipality
  3. Mogale City
  4. Polokwane Municipality
  5. Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
  6. Sol Plaatje Municipality
  7. Stellenbosch Municipality



An emphasis was made that capital expenditure frameworks should not only be a compliance exercise but should steer a change in management and so breaking away from the silo mentality in municipalities

Not only is it important to break away from the silo mentality, project preparation is also key in achieving success within our municipalities.

Key steps in project preparation:

  1. Long term planning
  2. Project life
  3. Procurement procedure
  4. Execution
  5. Operation
  6. End of life

At the end of the successful seminar this is what some participants had to say:

“If implemented correctly the Capital Expenditure Framework is a gem” Mapula Mamabolo from Polokwane Municipality

“Re-imagine it, plan it and implement it!. The CEF allows us to do that, achieve Integrated development”  Shireen DeVisser from Stellenbosch Municipality

“The  IUDF is not a programme but an approach which #WholeOfSocietymust use to respond to the challenges of urbanisation” Mr Fosi, DDG Cooperative Governance






Capital Expenditure Framework Workshop

Posted : April 25, 2019

The department of Cooperative Governance ( IUDF unit) hosted a CEF workshop with  municipalities, sector departments, private sector, provinces and development financial institutions . The workshop was aimed at discussing the value of CEFs in long term planning and CEFSs can  be utilised as a tool to institutionalise long term municipal planning.

Municipalities who are part of the Intermediate cities support programme and have completed their capital expenditure frameworks had the opportunity to present their  draft CEFs which highlight key functional areas and priority development areas within their municipality.



What is a CEF?

SALGA describes it as: “A consolidated high-level view of infrastructure investment needs in municipalities over a long term period, 10/20 years, while the guidelines for the implementation of the (IUDG) describes the CEF as: “A high-level long-term-infrastructure plan that flows from a spatial development framework. it estimates the level of affordable capital investment by the municipality over the long term.

What is the value of a CEF?

It will provide context for performance measurement against development objectives and outcomes. Engagements with stakeholders will be guided by evidence based planning (reality and affordability)

CEFs  will  also result in the conceptualisation of strategically framed projects that supports the #IUDFobjectives


The CEF seeks to answer the following questions

  1. What infrastructure does the municipality currently have?
  2. What is the municipality trying to do with the infrastructure over the next 10 to 20 years.
  3. Wer does the municipality need infrastructure?
  4. What are others spheres of government or service providers planning to do with infrastructure in the municipal area.
  5. How much infrastructure does the municipality need & of what type? 6.
  6. What impact will it have on financial viability





Capturing hearts for truly inclusive cities

Posted : April 16, 2019

The Department of Cooperative Governance in partnership with the South African Cities Network hosted an IUDF workshop “All of Society”. The workshop was a follow up  from the Urban Conference In 2018. Representatives of all 3 spheres of government worked together to discuss moving the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) off the words on paper to a whole of government approach.

Among those present at the workshop were National, Provincial, Municipal officials, SALGA, CSIR and other stakeholders.

The workshop was anchored on the  narrative that “Before we can talk about whole of society, we need to have a whole of government that works” Deputy Minister Andries Nel who was part of the session buttressed this point when he encouraged the participants that “ We need to own the mandate of spatial transformation and work together as whole of government to realise the outcomes of the IUDF on the ground”

It  was an interactive workshop where  participants  were required to get out of their norm and engage in  more hands-on  activities from building models according to theme that contribute to IUDF, fishbowl conversation and a  timeline reflection of urbanization work and policies in the country and how it shapes and informs  the implementation of the IUDF going forward.

There was a strong emphasis on getting back our hearts into the work we do. In the era of technology and the wave of the 4thIndustrial revolution it is important to still  keep citizens at the centre.

‘The hardware of cities depend on the software of social life’ – Andrew Boraine

The workshop was facilitated  by Rehana of Barefoot facilitation







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…)

These partners have been supporting the IUDF: