Mahikeng Local Municipality approved its five-year IDP in 2016. This document was used to guide the activities of the municipality. In May 2016, the 5 year IDP was developed and approved by the Council to guide the development interventions for the term 2017-22. This five-year IDP responded to the national imperatives in relation to local government including, amongst others, ensuring universal access to basic services, strengthening the developmental capacity of the state and improving the performance of municipalities.
- ADOPTION/APPROVAL OF IDP
In terms of the Municipal System Act 2000, in compliance with Section 34 of the above mentioned Act, the Municipal Council is required to conduct annual review of Integrated Development Planning. This should be done in accordance with an assessment of its performance measurement in terms of section 41 of the above mentioned Act. The IDP process plan was presented to Council with a schedule of meetings for the ward consultation in August 2018 and the item was deferred by Council. The IDP process plan was followed by a programme from the Office of the Speaker which grouped the wards into five clusters held from 18 November to 28 November 2019.Due to the Covid 19 the municipality had to suspend its Council meeting to be presented with the draft IDP and the budget including its stakeholder meetings like IDP Rep Forum.
The process of review of the Municipality’s IDP should be informed by the following overarching guiding principles, politically acceptable and administratively managed system that was acceptable to political role players at all levels. The process was also flexible to allow for adjustment due to changes in the environment. Where possible dates, strategies were also changed to suite the prevailing circumstances.
The IDP review process was inclusive, transparent and open to all. The programme was advertised on the newspapers and announcements made at ward level to make general public aware of the IDP community participation meetings. As it is indicated above, the prevalence of Corona Virus has affected all the remaining activities that were to be followed in the process. However, Mahikeng Municipality has adopted a strategy to gather provincial government information from the Office of the Premier Project Office which was to inform ward communities about the progress of government service.
- INTRODUCTION, CONTEXT AND OVERVIEW
In terms of the Municipal Systems Act 2000 (Act No 32 of 2000), municipalities need to annually review their IDP’s in order to assess their performance and changing circumstances. The following are the reasons to review an IDP:
- To inform other components of the municipality’s processes including institutional financial planning and budgeting;
- To ensure proper integration and alignment; and
- To reflect on internal and external changes that might have an impact on priority issues, objectives, strategies, projects and programmes.
The outcomes of the aforementioned process may lead to:
- Revised or new strategies, including strategies to improve implementation;
- Revised or new projects; and
- Reflection of the above in the revised Integrated Plans and programmes including a revised Medium Term Expenditure Framework.
Mahikeng Local Municipality approved its five-year IDP in 2016. This document was used to guide the activities of the municipality. In May 2016, the 5 year IDP was developed and approved by the Council to guide the development interventions for the term 2016-22. This five-year IDP responded to the national imperatives in relation to local government including, amongst others, ensuring universal access to basic services, strengthening the developmental capacity of the state and improving the performance of municipalities.
The Local Government Turnaround Strategy as well as the 12 Outcomes of Government (with a focus on Outcome 9 for local government) was some of the key pillars that shaped the city’s development priorities as contained in the approved IDP 2019/20. This IDP review seeks to ensure that the municipality continues to deliver on its five year-promise while also identifying areas of improvement in line with the emerging policy shifts and trends.
National Development Plan
In 2010/11 the national government initiated a series of dialogue sessions which were aimed at understanding the challenges that the country faced. This was a step towards understanding the country towards the development of a long term vision that is not only aspirational but responds to some of the challenges of the country as well. As a result of this process, a diagnostic report on the state of the country was developed and published and it highlighted the following:
- Too few people work;
- Corruption levels are high;
- South Africa remains a divided society;
- Spatial divides hobble inclusive development;
- Public services are uneven and often of poor quality;
- The public health system cannot meet the demand or sustain quality;
- The economy is unsustainably resources intensive; and
- Infrastructure is poorly located, inadequate and under-maintained.
This report emphasized the need to reduce poverty and eliminate inequality to address the challenges highlighted above. These two elements – poverty reduction and poverty elimination are a focus on the National Development Plan (NDP) that was approved by Cabinet in November 2012 following a Diagnostic Report. The NDP provided a vision for the society that South Africa aspires for in 2030. Central to the NDP are the following areas of intervention:
- Bringing about faster economic growth, higher investment and greater labour absorption;
- Promoting active citizenry to strengthen development, democracy and accountability;
- Focus on key capabilities of people and the state;
- Building a capable and developmental state;
- Encouraging strong leadership throughout society to work together to solve problems; and
- Uniting all South Africans around common programme to achieve prosperity and equality.
The work done by the municipality has been and will continue to be in line with the national objectives. The key programmes implemented in line with the NDP will be continued during the long, medium and short term to address the varying challenges and needs of the citizens.
The municipality recognises that there are still a number of challenges that it faces, which characterises the development phase through which most South African cities are undergoing. It is for this reason that in compiling this IDP review, attention is paid towards accelerating some of the municipality’s interventions to improve the social and economic state of the citizens while pursuing a sustainable path towards development.
DOCUMENT LAYOUT / CHAPTER OVERVIEW
This section provides a brief overview of the contents of each chapter of this IDP document. Consideration has been made to ensure that the document is in line with Chapter 5 of the Municipal Systems Act regarding process towards the development of the IDP and the contents thereof.
IDP document consists of core components as required by the legislation. Thus this IDP document has the following contents:
Section A – Executive Summary
This section provides a brief overview of the study area, population distribution, population groups, age and gender distribution and household income. This demographic information is sourced from the 2011 Census Statistics South Africa and 2016 Community Survey.
Section B – Situation Analysis
The section will give an overview of the realistic situation at Municipal level. It also provides a brief overview of the study area, an analysis of the demographic, economic, institution, financial and socio-economic issues of the municipality. The section also discusses service delivery backlogs.
Section C – Strategic goals and alignment
It expresses Municipality’s vision and mission as well as the development strategies linked to priority issues, National Key Performance Areas in order to address the service delivery backlogs and community priorities. This is the section that will form the municipality’s basis for 2017/18 budgeting and the SDBIP thereof
It stresses the role of community and stakeholder outreach, which includes public consultation (IDP Road Shows).During this process the local community and stakeholders provide the municipality with the inputs and priorities that inform the IDP.
It explains the IDP prioritization model and projects to be undertaken for the next financial year (2019/20).
It provides all Sectoral plans, from such as Performance Management Plan, which is essential part of the inclusive nature of the IDP.
Section F1 to F7 presents the National pre-determined KPA’s for local government, wherein Section F6 lays out the Financial Plan for 2020/2021 financial Year and Section F 7 presents KPA – Good Governance where all structures consulted and processes followed towards the compilation of this document.
Section G provides information on capital projects identified and resources allocated to for implementation during 2020/2021 financial year. It also tables all sources of funding which include but not limited to Municipal Infrastructure Grants and funding from Sector departments as well as the district municipality. Implemented progress report on projects from that were identified during 2019/20 will also be presented hereunder.