What are Integrated Development Plans (IDPs)?
An IDP encompasses all of a municipality's goals and objectives for economic and social development in the short, medium and long-term. IDPs are meant to outline strategies to manage municipal finances for the purpose of facilitating everything from basic service provision to infrastructural development, improved spatial planning and even disaster management.
Every municipality in South Africa is required to produce an IDP. This plan should stipulate how resources are going to be allocated, and what the elected officials envision for the future of the municipality and its people. This plan is ‘integrated’ because it requires coordination between local government, various stakeholders and the public in order to achieve the best results. The IDP also ensures that city departments are working collaboratively on the same goals, and that the best strategies are in place to allow for public participation and speedy service delivery.
IDPs place particular focus on developing rural areas and informal settlements where residents face adversity and poor service delivery as a result of lacking infrastructure and apartheid legacies that affect spatial planning. The plans laid out in the IDP should aim to elevate the quality of life for all residents of the municipality, both rich and poor, while still taking account of the conditions and available limited resources. It is a tool for bridging the gap between the current reality and the vision of satisfying the needs of the whole community in an equitable and sustainable manner.The IDP will inform the council’s annual budget.
IDPs generally take about 6 to 9 months to develop. Once the IDP has been developed, it has to be approved by the municipal council. IDPs are reviewed every year, and when local government elections happen, the new municipal council can decide whether they will adopt the existing IDP, expand on it, or develop an entirely new plan. A municipality must be able to adjust its IDP taking into account changing needs and priorities. IDPs are valid for 5 year periods, and they are enforced and overseen by mayors, executive committees, and municipal managers.
A Municipality must consult with the public when it develops and reviews its IDP. The Municipal Systems Act also says that “a Municipality must encourage and create conditions for the local community to participate in the affairs of the Municipality”, including in “the preparation, implementation and review of its Integrated Development Plan”.
Democracy is not just about voting every 5 years. It is also about participating in decision making in between elections. And it’s about holding decision makers to account for the decisions they make. A Council should also approve a strategy for public participation. The strategy must decide on the following:
IDP Information for the 8 Metropolitan Municipalities
Buffalo City (East London)
CURRENT PHASE: Adopted its (IDP) / Budget / Performance Management System (PMS) Process Plan and Time Schedule for the drafting of the 5th Generation Integrated Development Plan (2021/2026), drafting of the 2021/2024 (MTREF)
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: For further enquiries please contact Nonkululeko Mbali at (043) 705-1163
City of Cape Town
DRAFT: Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP)NEW TERM OF OFFICE July 2022–June 2027
CURRENT PHASE: Comment on the Draft IDP by 22 April
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Comment on the Draft IDP for 2022-2027
Ekurhuleni (East Rand)
CURRENT PHASE: Open for public comments until 29 April 2022
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Have your say
City of eThekwini (Durban)
CURRENT PHASE: IDP 207/18 to 2021/22: Implementation Phase 2022/2023 to 2026/2027: Open for public comments until 9 May 2022 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them.
City of Johannesburg
PROCESS PLAN: IDP, Budget, Performance Monitoring Process Plan
CURRENT PHASE: Open for public comments until 30 April 2022. Currently Holding Budget and Tariffs Outreach Meeting.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Online Comments for the Draft 2022/23 - 2022/27 Integrated Development Plan (IDP); draft Medium Term Budget (MTB) and Draft Tariffs IDP, Budget and Tarrifs Outreach April to May Meeting Schedule
Mangaung Municipality (Bloemfontein)
DRAFT: Draft IDP 2022-2027
CURRENT PHASE: Open for public comments until 20 April 2022
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Public Notice: Written Submissions
Nelson Mandela Municipality (Port Elizabeth)
CURRENT PHASE: Implementation Phase
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Contact the Nelson Mandela Municipality
City of Tshwane (Pretoria)
PROCESS PLAN: Approval of 2022/23 IDP and MTREF Process Plan
CURRENT PHASE: Open for public comments. Comments can be sent to email@example.com
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION: Tshwane City Contact Numbers
Keep Track of IDP Implementation and Service Provision
If you’d like to get involved on the implementation side of the IDP, you can follow the progress in the provision of basic services by following the circular and news reports produced by Asivikelane in collaboration with the International Budget Partnership . Subscribe to their newsletter here. You can also followed Municipal Notice's Twitter Account on social media for more updates.
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