This website provides a thorough overview of the City's 5 Year Plan, its purpose, how you can participate and its process.
The City's role in the 5 Year Plan (IDP)
The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a plan for how the City will spend its money for the next five years, on what, and where. It is a plan to help us set our budget priorities.
The IDP is agreed between local government and residents of the city. It is a plan for the entire city and not just for specific areas. Thus a fine balance needs to be struck in allocating scarce resources.
Consultation with residents resulted in three top priorities being defined – jobs, housing, and safety and security.
Local government has a role in all three that is clearly defined by the Constitution.
To encourage the creation of more job opportunities, the City must provide effective service delivery such as clean water, refuse removal and electricity as well as well-maintained roads and infrastructure, and corruption-free administration. By doing that, it will create a City where investors and entrepreneurs will want to do business – the main source of sustainable job creation.
When it comes to housing, the City’s responsibility is to provide the service infrastructure for housing such as access roads, water, electricity, sewage and waste disposal. We have applied to the Provincial Government to become an accredited housing delivery agency.
In the case of safety and security, the City’s constitutional role, through the metro police, is to enforce by-laws and traffic regulations. A recent by-law passed by the City enforces stricter control regarding streets, public places and nuisance.
From what the public has said so far, it is clear that our main goal must be infrastructure-led economic growth to promote job creation.
The IDP outlines key areas where we must intervene and focus our resources in order to achieve this goal.