The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA-EC) has been assigned to lead the process of developing the Small Town Development Framework for the entire Eastern Cape Province.

A draft Small Town Development Framework (STDF), which is aligned to the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) as well as the Draft Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF) has been developed for the period 2020-2050.

The STDF advocates for spatial reconfiguration within the small towns thereby connecting residential, working and recreation areas while also maintaining rural-urban linkages in line with the aspirations of Chapter 8 of the National Development Plan (NDP).

Cogta MEC Xolile Nqatha said, β€œIt is imperative for the session to probe and solicit the views of key stakeholders including municipalities, sector departments nationally and provincially. We need to identify strategic corridors, prioritise small towns for development and look at funding mechanisms including regional economic potentials to anchor growth of small towns.”

The details of the session are as follows: –

DATE: 02 & 03 December 2019

TIME: 08h30 – 18h00

VENUE: Regent Hotel, East LondonMembers of the media are invited to confirm attendance to Mr Vuyani Sibene on 073 576 3381 or Vuyani.Sibene@eccogta.gov.za. /end/.

Issued by the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

For enquiries please contact Mr Mamnkeli Ngam on 0716857981 or Mr Makhaya Komisa on 073 509 4516.