Programme Scope

OBJECTIVE

The overarching objective and expected impact of the proposed programme is to contribute to the improvement of the economic future of the ILembe district and the quality of life of its inhabitants, through sustainable growth of the local economy, and the creation of higher, better and more inclusive employment and income generating opportunities.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the Programme emanate from the programme interventions, and are arranged in five programme components:

  1. Public Financial Management Component – this component aims to strengthen the financial position of the three municipalities through better capacity to plan, finance and manage infrastructure investments and the provision of public services resulting in a positive contribution to the business climate.
  2. Municipal Infrastructure Component – the objective of this component is to reduce infrastructure constraints through capacity building measures to plan for infrastructure investments, and through specific infrastructure investments.
  3. Private Sector Development Component – the objective of this component is to address obstacles to doing business in the district by addressing weak district/local and public/private coordination for local economic development; and strengthening local capacity to support entrepreneurial, business and technical skills development.
  4. Building Inclusive Growth Component – the objective of this Component is to identify and support the inclusive growth of SMM’s to achieve project objectives in the Green Economy and other identified key growth sectors.
  5. Partnership and Coordination Component – the objective of this component is to develop the required multisector, multi-actor, multilevel partnership for LED and district-wide LED capacity, and is aimed at facilitating the approach to capacity building.

SPATIAL CONTEXT

The project focuses on the municipal areas of Mandeni and KwaDukuza LMs. This is informed by various factors including the effects of urbanization resulting in large population numbers moving from the rural hinterland towards these two municipal areas on the lure of potential employment. However, all municipalities (KwaDukuza, Mandeni, Maphumulo and Ndwedwe) participate in the institutional framework as the majority of benefits are not affected or determined by municipal boundaries. There are components of the programme such as Public Finance Management where all municipalities in the district participate and benefit directly.

FUNDING

The Programme is financed by SECO, with support from the National Treasury, KZN Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs and the three target municipalities.

MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

There are four structures in the institutional framework. The apex structure is the PSC (project steering committee) which is responsible for oversight with regards to compliance with the performance targets in the inception and implementation stages. The PSC approves allocation and use of resources. The second structure meets more regularly (The Project Management Team). It meets on a monthly basis to lend support to the Project Coordinating Unit. There are five experts responsible for the components of the programme. These experts make up the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) which is responsible for the implementation. Ownership of the programme and all its activities in ensured by close collaboration between each expert and officials in the municipalities. These municipalities are convened in Working Groups according to their areas of expertise. There is a Working Group for each component. Additional members are drawn from departments in the provincial or national departments according to specific requirements.

PROGRAMME COMPONENTS

A. Public Finance Management

Expected outcomes:

  • Empowered municipal councils that exercise robust oversight of PFM Functions
  • Target municipalities mobilize more revenue through higher efficiency and cooperation
  • Improved budgeting for capital investment and maintenance of municipal assets
  • Legal, transparent and efficient management of municipal procurement processes

Key projects/interventions:

  • Enhanced Management of Procurement Processes
  • Review and align Revenue management policies
  • Assess and Alignment of FMCMM and PEFA
  • Training of staff on Revenue Management
  • Development of single indigent register and shared call centre
  • Facilitate policy development of development charges systems and capacity development
  • Develop a shared IT internal audit service model
  • Asset and Budget Management Policy Review and training

Technical coordinator contact details

Ms Zama Soji
zamas@vuthelaled.co.za  |  +27 (0)82 493 8569


B. Municipal Infrastructure

Expected outcomes:

  • Reduced infrastructure constraints
  • Increased planning capacity and financing strategies for an integrated and systematic expansion of (urban) infrastructure, as a basis for sustainable development of regional centres
  • Enhanced planning and management of key infrastructure sectors

Key projects/interventions:

  • Sourcing of co-funding of the Lower Tugela Bulk Water Supply Offtake
  • Uptake of asset management & maintenance plans into municipal budgets and activities;
  • Addressing Non-Revenue Water;
  • Addressing Non-Revenue Electricity;
  • Detail feasibility and business plan or funding application to establish a regional landfill site;
  • Implementation support for the SCADA system and Control Room for electrical services
  • Continuation of support on the Siza Water Concession contract;
  • Feasibility study for Stormwater harvesting;
  • Detailed feasibility and preliminary design for water reclamation and re-use option;
  • Development of Green Procurement Guidelines for municipalities.
  • Water & Sanitation Master Plan
  • Electricity Master Plan update (KwaDukuza LM) Electricity Master Plan full review (Mandeni LM)
  • Integrated Waste Management Plan Plan full review (KwaDukuza LM); IWMP Plan update (Mandeni LM); iLembe DM IWMP
  • Sourcing funding for the review and update of the Regional Water and Sanitation Master Plan
  • Customer Care Centre management

Technical coordinator contact details

Ms Monja Esterhuizen
monjae@vuthelaled.co.za | +27 (0)84 580 5808


C. Private Sector Development Component

Expected outcomes:

  • An improved business environment
  • Improved skills development
  • Enhanced access to finance and business support for iLembe District SMEs

Key projects/interventions:

  • Implement interventions aimed at an Improved Business Environment vis a vis ‘getting electricity’, ‘building plan approval’ and ‘registering property’
  • Implement Skills development programmes

Technical coordinator contact details

Ms Shannon Moffett
shannonm@vuthelaled.co.za  |  +27 (0)79 491 6096


D.Building Inclusive Growth

Expected outcomes:

  • Green economy interventions for inclusive growth
  • Key, strategic sectors and SMEs within these sectors, potential projects and implementation partners identified

Key projects/interventions:

  • Implement resource efficiency interventions in the iLembe District
  • Support sectors with inclusive growth potential and relevant projects

Technical coordinator contact details

Ms Shannon Moffett
shannonm@vuthelaled.co.za  |  +27 (0)79 491 6096


E. Partnership and Coordination Component

Expected outcomes:

  • Improved and sustained partnership and capacity for local economic development and local economic governance in the iLembe District
  • Improved national context for LED

Key projects/interventions:

  • Review and alignment of Local Economic Development (LED) strategies
  • LED institutional review and strengthening
  • Institutional assessment, institutional strengthening and change management of Enterprise iLembe
  • Formulation of an iLembe Growth and Development Strategy and Plan
  • The design, development and delivery of a district LED learning partnership programme

Technical coordinator contact details

Mr Richard Clacey
richardc@vuthelaled.co.za  |  +27 (0) 82 569 7121

 

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We are grateful to the Swiss government for supporting a programme which speaks directly to our radical economic transformation efforts. This is an initiative that will guarantee the building of essential infrastructure that is crucial for industrialisation and new business opportunities.

Mr Sihle Zikalala
MEC for Economic Development in the Province,