Buffalo City Metro releases outcomes from MGDS

DECEMBER 4, 2015

The Buffalo City Municipality released the outcomes of the Metro Growth and Development Strategy Summit (MGDS) at the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and budget forum held at Regent Hotel this week.

The purpose of the day was for the City representatives and external stakeholders to interact, represent community needs and priorities to be achieved by 2030.

Speaking at the meeting Executive Mayor for Buffalo City Metro Alfred Mtsi said, “I want to see space created for the many super talented Metro citizens who have good ideas on how to save the future of the city.”

The City’s MGDS Coordinator, Abongile Dlani, listed five strategic outcomes to be achieved in the next five years that include:

  • Creating an innovative and productive city with rapid and inclusive economic growth and falling unemployment;
  • A green, clean and healthy city of subtropical gardens that makes the best of its natural assets;
  • A connected city with cheap, high quality connections to information and communications technology (ICT) and
  • A well governed city and a spatially integrated city.

Dlani presented the Metro’s MGDS overview which puts officials to work building business confidence by supporting thriving sectors which in turn would lead to more growth and jobs.

The over view calls for quick decision making when dealing with investors and most importantly for the Metro to release land for development and economic growth.

Acting General Manager of the IDP and Performance Management System Nozuko Frans highlighted priority issues and challenges the Metro needs to focus on.

 “BCM has prioritised finding houses for the disabled and people who have been on the housing list for more than 20 years, meeting requests for toilets, water supply, fixing faulty electrical poles, upgrading and maintaining sports fields, regularly collecting refuse, building new storm drains and maintaining existing drains.”

The outcomes of the summit have been adopted by Council at the executive mayoral lekgotla that was held on November 16 t0 18 and that they should reflect in the new Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

The meeting also comprised of three clusters that include Institutional and finance that covers communication, By-laws, Public participation, budgeting, special programmes, disabled, elderly and youth. Economic development for SMMEs, agriculture, tourism, safety, disaster, fire and rescue services, environmental health and township economy. Infrastructure and Spatial that include water, electricity, roads, sanitation, spatial planning, human settlements, urban generation and transportation.

The socio- economic cluster which is led by BCMM Executive Mayor called for linkages to rural development with manufacturing plants to supply the rural areas. The forum called for the establishment of an investment council and the revival of the metro agricultural forum.