Workshop discusses National Spatial Development Framework

May 21st, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: EE Publishers, Featured: PositionIT

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, hosted the National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF) Indaba on 12 April 2019 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand under the theme: “Moving South Africa forward, towards the desired Spatial Future”.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Addressing the delegates, she said that spatial planning is important in a young democracy. “As a young democracy, we have inherited a fractured spatial plan and, therefore, we need to address this 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.”

The DRDLR, in collaboration with the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), are working together to develop the first NSDF for the country, to respond to the challenges of efficiently managing resources, land and driving and accelerating spatial change and transformation.

“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,” she said. “It will inform and energise the posture of a developmental and capable state to lead society in changing the course towards a new desired spatial future. The drive for spatial transformation in South Africa is a huge undertaking that can only be driven by a capable developmental state. Spatial planning can only be relevant and effective as part of a conscious developmental state transformation programme. After we have gone into rigorous planning there must be implementation,” concluded the Minister.

The indaba also gave the department an opportunity to update stakeholders on the NSDF’s progress and share the work done with regard to its development. The platform was also used as part of the legally required consultation process to solicit inputs from leaders within community-based organisations (CBOs), non-government organisations (NGOs) and the private sector.

Opening the Indaba, the acting director general, Rendani Sadiki, said “the National Development Plan (NDP) signalled the beginning of a different approach to rectifying the past and creating a different future for all who call South Africa home. The NDP identified a key area to attend to, i.e. the preparation of a national spatial framework. It recognised that such a national spatial framework is required for the realisation of the progressive social and economic development objectives as espoused in government driven policy,” she said.

“The DRDLR Department of Rural Development and Land Reform responded to the call in the NDP, and made provision for the preparation of a NSDF in its 2013 Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, also known as SPLUMA. After four years of hard work in collaboration with the departments of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and National Treasury, together with extensive research and many workshops, we stand here today to witness history in the making with the first Draft NSDF,” she said.

“The NSDF requires a radical and decisive change in the way investment and spending have been planned, budgeted for and done in the national space, as well as in the provincial and municipal space. While these changes will not always be easy, and entail very different ways of engaging, collaborating and investing and spending in space, the rewards of doing so will far outweigh the sacrifices – a peaceful, prosperous and truly transformed South Africa by 2050, whereby we move South Africa forward towards our desired spatial future, not just for us but, more importantly, for our future generations,” Sadiki concluded.

Contact Fhatuwani Mutangwa, DRDLR, fhatuwani.mutangwa@drdlr.gov.za

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