27 February 2017
For immediate release
EThekwini Municipality Invites Public To Comment On The Draft Spatial Development Framework (SDF) 2017/2018
EThekwini Municipality is calling on members of the public to submit their comments on the Draft Annual Spatial Development Framework (SDF) for 2017/18, which aims to guide and manage spatial development and investment in the City.
Mayor Cllr Zandile Gumede said the SDF is a tool developed by the City to address spatial inequalities and inefficiencies in society.
“It is important for the City to have this document to guide the future growth and respond to the development needs of the residents of eThekwini,” said Gumede.
The preparation of the annual Spatial Development Framework (SDF) for 2017/2018 which 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 of 2013), is a spatial representation of the vision of the Integrated Development Framework (IDP), the most important planning document for the Municipality.
Gumede added that as the City is faced with global environmental challenges, the framework will assist with various mechanisms to assess environmental sustainability.
“As government, we want to radically transform spaces people live in through better coordinated land use management and spatial development” she said
The SDF 2017/2018 is now available at all Municipal Libraries and Sizakala Centres for viewing and comments. EThekwini residents are encouraged to comment on the document for the City to create a SDF that works for everyone.
This Framework helps to address some of the issues hindering investment. It is a vital plan that connects various areas of industry with areas of trade and businesses. This influences our environment and the upgrading of infrastructure which in turn attracts more investments and create employment opportunities.
Gumede added that development and service delivery is at the core of the city’s integrated development agenda thus we appeal with communities and business sectors to comment on the draft SDF document. “This helps us determine special requirements of respective wards and towns to undertake plans for development.” she said
The framework is a major contributing factor when it comes to attracting investment in the City. It addresses socio- economic issues and creates economic development opportunities to those areas that has potential for local economic growth
The deadline for all comments is 24 April 2017. 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, residents can contact Nelisiwe Mngadi or Siauree Dehal on 031- 311 7758 or 031- 311 7744 or email: and
Issued by eThekwini Municipality, the Mayoral Parlour, Durban City Hall, 263 Dr Pixley kaSeme, Durban 4000
For more information contact: Mthunzi Gumede - Mayoral Spokesperson on 081 414 2510/073 989 6324 or email: /
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