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District Development Model to be Launched

October 16, 2019

The Presidency

16 October 2019

The metropolitan version of the District Development Model is to be launched at the eThekwini (Durban) Metropolitan Municipality this week.

In a statement, the presidency confirmed that the launch follows the successful rural pilot launch of the District Development Model at the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape on 17 September 2019.

A third launch is scheduled for the mining region of the Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo Province on 26 November 2019.

The President’s Coordinating Council and cabinet endorsed the new district-based model for development in August 2019.

According to an earlier presidency statement, the model will “synchronise planning by all spheres of government and involve citizens and civil society in the development of South Africa’s 44 municipal districts and eight (8) Metros”.

The Khawuleza (“hurry up”) District Coordination Service Delivery Model seeks to “secure maximum coordination and cooperation among the national, provincial and local spheres of government, who will act in partnership with civil society – including communities, business and labour – at the district level countrywide”.

Single integrated plans will be drawn up per district spelling out the role of each sphere of government, communities and civil society in each district.

From next year, national budgets and programmes will be “spatially referenced across the 44 districts and 8 Metros”.

The same approach will apply to the provincial and local government spheres.

President Ramaphosa is also scheduled to visit the Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone, located near the King Shaka International Airport, on 17 October 2019.

The Mara Phone Manufacturing Plant has been set up at the Dube Trade Port. Two affordable smartphones developed in partnership with Google, as part of the Android One Program, will be manufactured.