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Comment Sought on National Spatial Development Framework

January 21, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

21 January 2020

Comment is sought on the Draft National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF).

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the proposed framework in Government Gazette 42962 for comment.

The Draft Framework was drawn up in terms of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2013.

The act calls for the NSDF to give effect to relevant national policies, priorities, plans and legislation; coordinate and integrate provincial and municipal spatial development frameworks; strengthen spatial coordination of land development and land use management activities at national level; set out desired patterns of land use in South Africa and consider any environmental management instrument adopted by relevant environmental management authorities.

The Draft Framework focuses on the Draft NSDF preparation process; national spatial development shapers; national spatial development vision, logic, levers and outcomes; national spatial development and investment guidance and implementation framework.

Speaking last year, the former rural development and land reform minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, drew attention to the fractured spatial plan inherited by the democratic government in 1994 and the consequent need to address the spatial inefficiencies and inequalities.

She added that the NSDF was needed as a “transformative tool to deal with the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality by bringing key stakeholders from the various sectors of society together, to share knowledge and exchange learning”.

The minister declared that the “NSDF will enable a changing course by providing a new spatial and development vision and logic. It is not only about fixing the past but having a strategic handle on shaping the future. It will inform and energise the posture of a developmental and capable state posture to lead society in changing the course towards a new desired spatial future”.

According to the Draft NSDF, adjusting from the current, undesirable national spatial development pattern to the desired new, post-Apartheid national spatial development pattern “requires targeted and sustainable interventions in all four the components of the ‘national transformation logic’, in accordance with a credible and robust ‘theory of change’, which the NSDF puts forward”.

The theory of change proposes radical and decisive intervention in the national spatial development logic and pattern; natural resource use and maintenance profile and patterns of ownership of, and access to, land.

Comment is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.