n Journal of Public Administration - Incorporating population issues into integrated development plans of municipalities with specific reference to the Province of KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



South Africa's population policy, which is complementary to the country's national development plans, essentially adopts a holistic, multi-sectoral approach. It advocates that efforts to influence the population factors of fertility, mortality and migration are both a means to, and an outcome of, sustainable development. The policy primarily seeks to influence the country's population trends in such a way that these trends are consistent with the achievement of sustainable human development. Indeed the policy explicitly and implicitly responds to the majority of the Millennium Development Goals. While it is envisaged that the policy's implementation is the responsibility of government at all levels, the local government sphere through its Integrated Development Plans (IDPs), is best positioned to purposefully operationalise it.

It is over ten years since South Africa's population policy was implemented and this article discusses the findings of a quantitative and qualitative study conducted with a range of local government and provincial officials in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The discussion explores the awareness levels of the policy among local government officials as well as the extent to which these officials are in position to incorporate population issues into municipal IDPs. The article concludes with a reflection on intergovernmental relations in operationalising the population policy in KwaZulu-Natal.

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