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​Strategic Planning kicks off in Durban!

As African countries prepare to tackle the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013, municipal officials from various municipalities across the country began a battle of their own, to conquer strategic planning and improve service delivery, at MILE’s first Master Class for 2013, run in partnership with the South African Planning Institute and the United Cities and Local Governments Urban Strategic Planning Committee and supported by SALGA and COGTA-KZN.

The course provided the ideal platform for debate and discuss on exciting presentations that were delivered by eThekwini practitioners and invited speakers  in the fields of Integrated Development Planning, Long Term Development Planning, Participatory Planning; Finance, Infrastructure and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.

The highlight of the three-day Master Class was a presentation done by the General Manager of KZN-COGTA, Kisa Dlamini who left participants in awe with his informative and engaging approach to participatory planning.

Officials from all over the country, left the Master Class with a renewed enthusiasm, inspired to make a positive difference within their municipalities and the country at large. This Master Class was unique in that it included three academics involved in teaching planning, engineers involved in planning processes and consultants involved n preparing strategic plans who were invited as SAPI members.

Lumka Ngidi from Amajuba District Municipality found the course to be very useful and was impressed with the content.


“I have really learned a lot in terms of long term visioning and long term planning. Kisa Dlamini was remarkable in his presentation it broadened my perspective on the tenants within participatory planning. At Amajuba we lack resources and capacity but I will try my very best to share the knowledge gained here with my peers and make a difference,” expressed Ngidi.


 Delani Khanyile a Manager of Strategic Support at the South African Local Government Organization (SALGA) mentioned his interest in the Master Class.


“This is an area that I am interested in because of my background, to appraise myself to the contemporary issues of planning. MILE has created the right platform that we as SALGA have to support. This project that was created by MILE falls under the framework of SALGA.  Initiatives like these drive us into the right direction. I thank the organisers of this event for providing this platform to reflect and move forward. We have to explore the active role SALGA can play. I think that through the process created by MILE this can be achieved,” said the enthused Khanyile.

The next MILE event is a Learning Exchange on Knowledge Management. If you are interested in participating email:

Presentations from the Strategic Planning Master Class can be downloaded from here: Presentations


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