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25 February 2016

Call for Public to Comment on City's Draft Spatial Development Framework 2016/17

EThekwini Municipality is calling on the public to submit their comments on the Draft Spatial Development Framework (SDF) 2016/17, which will guide and manage spatial development and investment in the eThekwini Region.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala said the SDF is an approach to ensure that the City is able to address spatial inequalities and inefficiencies in communities, provide a high quality of life and attract investors. 

“It is important for the City to have this document to guide our future growth and respond to the development needs of the Municipality,” said Shabalala 

The Spatial Development Framework is in line with Section 26 of the Municipal Systems Act of 2000 and Chapter 4 PART E of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management (Act 16 of2013), and forms part of the Integrated Development Framework. 

Shabalala added that as the City was faced with global environmental challenges, the framework will assist with various mechanisms to assess environmental sustainability. 

The SDF 2016/17 will be available from Friday, 26 February 2016 at all Municipal Libraries and Sizakala Centres for viewing and comment. 

It can also be downloaded from the eThekwini Municipality’s website:

The deadline for all comments is 26 April 2016. The public is urged to provide written comments marked for the attention of the Senior Manager: Ms Helene Epstein: Strategic Spatial Planning Branch, Development Planning Department, Room 226, 2nd Floor City Engineers Building, 166 KE Masinga Road, Durban 

For more information and enquiries contact Nelisiwe Mngadi or Siauree Dehal on 031 311 7758 or 031 311 7744 or email: and


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email:​ and Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email 

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