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National Spatial Development Framework on Track

April 17, 2019

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

17 April 2019

A National Spatial Development Framework is in the pipeline.

The rural development and land reform minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, confirmed this during a recent National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

The Indaba focused on the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”.

The minister 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.

“We need to use this NSDF 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,” said the minister.

The rural development and land reform department, in conjunction with the planning, monitoring and evaluation department, are collaborating to develop the first NSDF for South Africa.

The minister added 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”.

The envisaged NSDF flows from the National Development Plan that highlighted the need for such a framework in order to realise “progressive social and economic development objectives as espoused in government driven policy”.

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act of 2013 provides for the drawing up of the NSDF.