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Sarah Baartman District Municipality taking new 2017-2022 Draft IDP to communities

BY MARC JACOBSON - MARCH 30, 2017
Sarah Baartman District Municipality taking new 2017-2022 Draft IDP to communities

The Sarah Baartman District Municipality is taking its Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2017-2022 to local communities for comment after it was tabled before Council on Wednesday.

Council heard that since the Census of 2011, the district has seen a population increase of around 6.5% - according to a 2016 survey. The Kouga Local Municipality has seen the largest population increase followed by the recently amalgamated, Dr. Beyers Naude Local Municipality.

In the light of this, unemployment, especially among the youth, is among the major challenges that the municipality’s new IDP aims to address.

Other major priorities in the IDP include bettering service delivery to local residents and providing support to the district’s local municipalities.

“With this, we aim to better align ourselves with local municipalities and ensure that the District is prioritised in terms of the budgeting processes and planning,” Kelello Makgoka, the Acting Director of Infrastructure and Planning at Sarah Baartman District Municipality, told council.

Regarding planning and projects, Makgoka also emphasized that the new IDP requires the municipality to conform with the Municipal Standard Chart of Accountants (mSCOA) going forward.

“We also need to identify all the gaps in these analysis phases, by also having an annual review of institutional plans and then improving Intergovernmental Relations (IGR),” he said.

“We need to, as a District Municipality, improve our IGR structures, so that we don’t find ourselves missing each other when it comes to development in our municipal area.”

Makgoka also told Councillors that the municipality’s new vision for the next five years “is to be an innovative and dynamic municipality striving to improve the quality of life for all communities in the District”.

As part of this vision, the municipality, through the IDP, aims to sustain economic development programmes, including in agriculture to grow employment opportunities, as well as providing poverty eradication programmes, improving access to basic services and providing skills and education.

“Our vision aligns with national priorities, which we have incorporated in the new IDP and includes the development of basic services and infrastructure, local economic development, municipal transformation and organizational development, as well as government and public participation and municipal viability,” added Makgoka.

“In the strategic session for reviewing functions, it was resolved that the Water Services Authorities/Water Services Providers, Environmental Health Services and Fire Services all also be delivered directly in the new IDP ter.”

The Draft IDP is available for public from the 31st of March. The new IDP and Budget are expected to be adopted on the 24th of May 2017. 

Image: Kelello Makgoka, the Acting Director of Infrastructure and Planning at Sarah Baartman District Municipality, addressing Councillors on the Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 2017-2022.