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It is a crucial requirement that all municipalities should prepare and adopt an integrated development plan (IDP). The council of a municipality has to adopt an IDP that will be the key strategic planning tool, which guides and inform all planning, budgeting, management and decision making in a municipality. The IDP is one of the key tools for assisting the municipality in coping with its development role.

The purpose of the IDP is to enable Ezinqoleni Municipality, sector departments, private sector and development agents to deliver services according to community needs and within the auspices of relevant legislative framework. The IDP of Ezinqoleni Municipality has recognized that there is a need to promote economic growth through investment and strategic planning. The Ezinqoleni Municipality IDP also attempts to achieve a balance between addressing basic needs and promoting economic growth and development.

Throughout the IDP, three basic principles of development, service delivery and practices have been extracted from the applicable legislation for each sector.
> The first principle is that local government should not be just about service provision but it should be a developmental local government.
> The second principle is community empowerment i.e participatory democracy which is characterized by participatory development.
> The third principle is that of understanding the space economy in the sense of different geographic spaces in any country, province or municipality has different social and economic potential.

Furthermore the IDP is defined as a principal strategic planning instrument which guides and informs all with the key fundamental planning and development, and all decisions with regard to planning, management and development in the municipality. For Ezinqoleni Municipality IDP to be effective and credible it needs to be informed and be in line with the key fundamentals of the development planning discipline. These fundamentals informed by research and practice have led to among others these disciplines best practice positions:
> The provision of household services is only efficient within certain levels of population density.
> In safe guarding community interest, human driven activities on land need to be managed through principles negotiated by the community itself upfront; autocratic and ad hoc land management is not best form to safe guard community interest.
> In developing communities we should not create a town away from town, a town needs to be integrated within a town.
> Communities develop overtime due to variety of local resources and services as well as connectedness and dependency to other surrounding communities and our investment decisions should appreciate how the system operates to ensure properly functioning communities.
> Viable towns develop from indigenous advantages of an area in a particular economic context and not through flooding public investment in a low potential area.
> Wetlands are an important bio-resource directly and immediately benefiting a community and should therefore be preserved.
> Development in 50 and 100 year flood plain, road reserves, electricity servitude and all other servitude is not acceptable.
> Any land developed for human settlement should be proven to be habitable.


Ezinqoleni Integrated Development Plan 2011-2012 [Download]

Ezinqoleni IDP 2010-2011 [Download]

Ezinqoleni IDP 2013-2014 [Download]

Ezinqoleni Final IDP 2014-2015 [Download]

Ezinqoleni Disaster Management Plan [Download]

IDP Contents page 2014-2015 [Download]

Draft 2015-2016 SDBIP [Download]

Ezinqoleni 2014-2015 Organisational Scorecard adjusted mid-year [Download]

Ezinqoleni 2014-2015 Organisational Scorecard [Download]

Ezinqoleni 2014-2015 SDBIP Mid-Year Adjustment [Download]

Ezinqoleni 2014-2015 SDBIP [Download]

Ezinqoleni 2015-2016 Draft IDP [Download]

IDP Contents page 2015-2016 [Download]

Ezinqoleni Final IDP 2015-2016 [Download]

Final Organizational scorecards 2015-2016 [Download]

Final SDBIP 2015-2016 [Download]

OPM Framework Plan 2015-2016 [Download] 

Final Service Standards 2016-2017 [Download]