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Mastering Urban Strategic Planning
Urban Strategic Planning (USP) is a process that brings to life the mission and vision of a municipality. A well-crafted strategic plan is driven by local government practitioners together with citizens, to improve quality of life of the community they serve. With this intention, eThekwini Municipality has partnered with Cities Alliance and UCLG​ to host its sixth USP Master Class at the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 7-9 March 2016.
The Cities Alliance is a global partnership for urban poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. The organisation played a crucial role in mobilising participants from Afric

The UCLG Committee on Strategic Urban Planning, co-chaired by Cllr. James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban responds to the growing need of creating spaces for discussion and exchange. Furthermore, the Committee offers advice to improve the quality of local policies on urban strategic planning. Special emphasis is placed on South - South cooperation, in response to the need to share first hand experiences on pro-poor policies and informality. 
Forty practitioners from twenty-eight municipalities across South Africa and nine municipalities from neighbouring Botswana and Zimbabwe attended the Master Class led by experts from eThekwini Municipality, local academics and  KZN COGTA. The Master Class included informative presentations and facilitated discussion sessions.
The course covered all aspects of strategic planning, highlighting the importance of long term planning, visioning and community participation. It also explored how plans inform the budgeting process, performance management, monitoring and evaluation that organizations need to adhere to in order to produce an effective strategy that will work well for them.
The workshop allowed for officials to actively participate and share their experiences and good practices from their various municipalities.
Municipalities were given an opportunity to indicate the support they required in terms of strategic planning. MILE has acknowledged these municipalities’ needs and further engagements will be planned between them and the City.
Nolitha Tshefu, Manager: Development Planning at Amathole District Municipality in East London found the Master Class to be interesting and educational.

“I have really learned a lot. As an IDP Planner what was most critical for me was the new approach to developmental planning, the importance of a long term vision and processes to be followed to ensure that it is realised. I wish we could have such Master Classes in the province so that we, as planners can have a common understanding to development planning,” said Tshetu.
Godiramang Motlhagodi from BALA: Central District Council in Botswana was delighted to attend the course.
“The content of the master class was thought provoking, especially the aspect of citizen engagement which is crucial in strategic planning and budgeting. The use of IDP embedded with performance monitoring and evaluation as a method to realise long term vision, was also insightful,” highlighted Motlhagodi.
Participants left the Master Class inspired to make a positive difference within their respective municipalities.
Strategic planning can be a challenging process for local government, eThekwini acknowledges the need for platforms like Master Classes whereby officials can engage and share best practices to ultimately improve service delivery.
Download presentations below:

 Urban Strategic Planning Master Class 2016

Day 1.1-Vhutshilo Gelebe-KZN Cogta-Municipal Strategic Planning.pdf
07/03/2016 11:03
Day 1.2-eThekwini's Story Genevieve.pdf
02/09/2016 08:23
Day 1.2-Puven Akkiah-Case Study-IDP experiences of eThekwini.pdf
07/03/2016 10:56
Day 1.3-Sogen Moodley-Imagine Durban-.pdf
07/03/2016 12:05
Day 1.4-Peter Robinson-The importance of visioning in urban strategic planning.pdf
07/03/2016 15:30
Day 2.1-Kisa Dlamini-Strategic planning and organisational alignment.pdf
08/03/2016 11:40
Day 2.2-Glen Robbins-Citizen engagement in planning and bugeting processes.pdf
08/03/2016 11:41
Day 2.3-Bharthie Ranchoddas-Developing Sustainable Budgets through Public Participation.pdf
08/03/2016 14:16
Day 3.1-Nirmala Govender-Monitoring and Evaluation of the Strategic Plan.pdf
09/03/2016 09:32
Day 3.2-Genevieve Hartley-Municipal Technical Support.pdf
09/03/2016 14:35
Final Programme-Urban Strategic Planning Master Class.pdf
07/03/2016 11:00
Key lessons learned.pdf
09/03/2016 14:35

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