Updated : March 5, 2018

Deputy Minister Nel’s address at the Planning Africa 2018 conference made on 15 October 2018

Posted : October 15, 2018

Programme Director
SAPI President, Ms Nthato Minyuku,
MEC Western Cape Government, Mr Anton Bredell,
MMC for Transport and Urban Planning of the City of Cape Town, Mr Brett Heron,
International guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Thank you very much for the opportunity to address this very important Planning Africa Conference on: “The Making of Modern African Cities.”

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SALGA and partners head towards the 3rd Karoo Small Town Regeneration Conference

Posted : October 9, 2018

The Small Town Regeneration (STR) Programme is one of SALGA’s key flagship programmes
aimed at the regeneration, restoration and fulfilling the economic potential of underperforming
small towns. It looks for ways and means to strengthen small town economies; provide better
quality of life; and build and leverage on the local assets of such towns.

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CoGTA Minister to Host Brics Sectoral Meeting

Posted : June 26, 2018

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, (COGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, will host BRICS Ministers responsible for local government and disaster management as well as mayors and other local government practitioners under the auspices of the BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Government Cooperation Urbanisation Forum, in East London on 28 June through to the 1st of July this year. Read more »

Gauteng Premier David Makhura to host 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting

Posted : June 17, 2018

Premier David Makhura in his capacity as Co-president of World Association of Major Metropolises will host the 2018 Metropolis Annual Meeting from 26th to 29th August at the Sandton Convention Centre, under the theme: “Inclusive Metropolitan Cities and City-Regions”. This forms part of ongoing efforts to localise the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Climate Agreement, and the New Urban Agenda; as well as give international political visibility to the interests of Cities, find innovative solutions to the challenges facing Cities and City regions, lobby financial and technical assistance, and ensure mutual learning and capacity development. Read more »

President Ramaphosa on apartheid spatial planning

Posted : May 17, 2018

President Ramaphosa urges COGTA to decisively dismantle apartheid spatial planning

President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 10 May 2018, visited the department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) to interact with top management and the staff. This visit was in fulfillment of the President’s commitment in the State of the Nation Address to visit government departments and key state institutions as part of ensuring alignment in the work of government, as well as promoting good governance and professionalism in the public sector. Read more »

IUDF highlighted in 2018 COGTA budget vote

Posted : May 17, 2018

In his 2018 budget vote presented to parliament today, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, reemphasised the department’s commitment to the IUDF.

“Our national urban policy, the Integrated Urban Development Framework, was adopted by Cabinet on 26 April 2016. During his visit to our offices, the President directed us to lead the charge around integrated urban development and to decisively dismantle the legacy of apartheid spatial planning.

To this extent, we will ensure that, as part of their spatial development frameworks, municipalities identify strategically-located land that is required to transform the apartheid spatial patterns, boost economic growth and provide opportunities to our communities. We will also intensify work that we have started on the revival of small towns”, Dr. Mkhize said.

To read the full 2018 budget vote visit the COGTA website.

Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s welcome address

Posted : April 13, 2018

Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s welcome address at National Treasury’s Executive Leadership Programme

Address by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Zweli Mkhize, at the welcome dinner of National Treasury’s Executive Leadership Programme, on ‘Leading Future Cities – navigating today’s complexity’ We are in it together: A whole-of-society approach to reaping the urban dividend, 9 April 2018, Johannesburg. Click here to view extended article.

SA Government Urges ‘Whole of Society – Whole of Government’ approach…

Posted : April 9, 2018

South African Government Urges ‘Whole of Society – Whole of Government’ approach to Respond To the challenges of sustainable urban development

The South African government sent a delegation to the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from February 7-13. The conference theme was “Cities 2030: Cities for All – Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. Read more »

IUDF can transform SA cities into economic engines…

Posted : April 9, 2018

Integrated Urban Development Framework can transform SA cities into economic engines-provided we get all-of-government, all-of-society buy-in.

This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and Budget Speech re-affirmed government’s commitment to realising the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and to holistically address urban challenges and opportunities. While, the IUDF is a long-term framework, government is also taking measures to deal with immediate urban issues. Read more »

‘We the city’ Architecture ZA conference

Posted : March 23, 2018

Globally, new opportunities are being created toward compact cities, improved energy consumption, economic and social dynamism, market creation, human development and climate change adaptation. The Architecture ZA conference – under the theme, ‘We the city’ – will explore these themes. Book your space now at


These partners have been supporting the IUDF: