n Africa Insight - Integrated development plans and local economic development : the case of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa

Volume 35, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Local economic development is a viable mechanism for economic growth for South Africa. National government has has set in place a number of policies and pieces of legislation that encourage local government to participate in LED strategies. Integrated development plans are the most comprehensive of the legislation and force local government to engage with LED policy. The new legislation has led to a fundamental shift in development strategy for South Africa. In Mpumalanga, the development strategy has shifted from regional development to local development and and this has been prompted by the IDP policy. Nonetheless, many municipalities do not have the capacity to effectively draw up an IDP. Municipalities often simply use IDPs as wish lists of what they would like to achieve but cannot within their current budgets. The IDPs are a potential lever for enforcing national government policy on local government as a strategy to gain control over local government.

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