Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Andries Nel, will be meeting with the uMhlathuze City Council to initiate the Intermediate City Support Programme this evening (17 October 2017). The programme provides support to cities of a medium size and density and is a crucial complement to two other key programmes of government focusing on metropolitan areas and small towns.
The programmes collectively fall under the Integrated Urban Development Strategy, which was approved by government in April 2016. The main purpose of the Intermediate Cities Support Programme is to help cities such as uMhlathuze integrate previously fragmented spatial development, promote access to services and economic opportunities, and help the municipality capitalize on its economic advantages to promote inclusive and sustainable growth.
The Deputy Minister will be announcing a package of support, including technical assistance and infrastructure grants. The support will focus in particular on spatial planning and a long term infrastructure / capital expenditure planning. The cities of uMhlathuze and Polokwane are the first municipalities to receive support in terms of this programme, and based on success the programme will be extended to other intermediate cities.
Media are invited as follows:
- Date: 17 Octobet 2017
- Time: 18H00
- Venue: Umhlathuze Municipal Offices
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