Planning and Development Services

Mr. N.Z. Khuzwayo
Director: Planning and development Services

The Development, Planning and Human Settlement Unit consists of the following departments:

  • Local Economic Development

  • Museums and Tourism

  • Human Settlements

Local Economic Development

Municipal Mandate and Strategic Objective
The Local Economic Development is responsible for the provision of the municipal LED Services inclusive of:

  • Business development and investment promotion

  • SMME Development

  • Development of SMME database

  • Development of poverty alleviation plans

  • The promotion of economic development; job creation, economic transformation and economic interventions within the municipal constituency.

The section is guided by policies established by National and Provincial Government.

Our section articulates the approach to economic development through the Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and an Economic Development Strategy (EDS) from which all activities are guided by,

but not restricted to, as the section also responds to the broader challenges facing the municipal constituency by endorsing other initiatives such as the Provincial Growth Development Strategy.

The development of Small Businesses is now recognized as a common strategy for Local Economic Development in South Africa. We as the municipality are playing a facilitation role between governments initiatives to support SMME’s and further play a role in providing the necessary infrastructure for business to thrive.

Human Settlement

Municipal Mandate and Strategic Objective

To provide housing opportunities to qualifying beneficiaries, enabling secure tenure and quality living environments.

The purpose of the Municipal Human Settlements is to facilitate the development of sustainable and integrated human settlements.

The provision of housing is informed by national policies including Outcome 8 of the Programme of Action, which calls for the creation of sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life, and by Chapter 8 of the National Development Plan.

This chapter emphasizes the contribution of housing projects to overcoming spatial patterns which exacerbate social inequality and economic inefficiency, the realization of constitutional housing rights, and introduces principles to create spaces that are liveable, equitable, sustainable, resilient, efficient, and support economic opportunities and social cohesion.

Services rendered include:

  • Develop, administer and maintain Hostels/ Community Residential Units (CRUs)

  • Develop, administer and maintain Hostels/ Community Residential Units (CRUs)

  • Address informal settlements through various housing interventions

  • Undertaking of Remedial Programs (Title Deeds, Infrastructure Handover, Retrofit of Infrastructure)

  • Develop new housing stock utilising the National housing subsidy

  • Facilitate development of new social housing projects (rental) as well as for the affordable market

Museums & Tourism

Municipal Mandate

Our vision is to maximise the economic spin-offs and jobs created from the tourism sector by positioning our town and municipality as a premier tourism destination which is located closer to the Drakensburg Mountains, centrally in the KwaZulu Natal Province, midway between Johannesburg and Durban.

The Tourism, Arts, Culture and Museum Section drives the Municipal Local Tourism mandate by delivering on its core government functions at a local level. These include:

  • Destination planning, policymaking, development, and management

  • Tourism product development, training and capacity-building

  • Creating an enabling environment for business

  • Tourism regulation, monitoring and research

  • Providing tourist infrastructure and services

  • Planning, facilitating and implementing a tourism marketing strategy

  • Providing tourism information; and

  • Leading, supporting or influencing various programmes.


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Telephone: 036 342 7805
Fax Line: 036 352 7898

Civic Building
1 Victoria Street

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