SPLUMA – Spatial Land use Management Act SPLUMA creates a regulatory framework for spatial planning and land use management for the entire country. The spatial development frameworks should therefore be prepared and adopted by national, provincial and/or municipal spheres of government and the different frameworks should be consistent with each other. Although consistency and uniformity are created, each municipality will be regulated by its own by-laws 9-12 months
IDP – Integrated Development Plan 5 Year lifespan – with a yearly revision. All municipal planning and projects should happen in terms of the IDP. The annual council budget should be based on the IDP. Other government departments working in the area should take the IDP into account when making their own plans. 6-9 months
SDF – Spatial Development Framework Given that the SDF is a long term plan, it forms the basis for the development of the 5 year IDP.

It further provides strategic direction for the development of all sector specific plans.

The SDF is firstly directed towards achieving three (3) broad outcomes namely, creation of livable, integrated cities, towns and rural areas (social cohesion), economic development and environmental sustainability.

Secondly, on the basis of these outcomes, the long term vision for socio-economic development and environmental sustainability for the municipality is expressed in the SDF, in addition to the guidelines for a land use management.

9 – 12 months
Housing Sector Plan – Chapter 8

IDP Document

The purposes of the Housing Chapter are as follows:

To ensure effective allocation

To provide guidance in prioritizing housing projects

To ensure more integrated development through aligning cross-sectoral role players to coordinate their development interventions in one plan

To ensure budget allocations to local and district municipalities

To provide spatial linkages between the spatial development framework and the physical implementation of the respective projects.

To ensure there is a definite housing focus in the IDP

Providing the IDP process with adequate information about the housing programme, its benefits, parameters as well as strategic and operational requirements.

Ensuring that the contents and process requirements of planning for housing are adequately catered for in the IDP process.

Township Establishment



Developing an agricultural farm portion into a township 1 years
Regularisation of Villages Includes interim measures to recognise informal settlements and promote a degree of tenure security for individuals.

It includes :

·     Ensuring that all settlements are either owned by the state or permission has been obtained from the land owners for recognition;

·     That the settlement is not in conflict with any Town Planning Scheme (The relevant Town Planning Scheme are being amemnded to cater for this aspect)

·     That the settlement has access to basic municipal services

·     That each settlement can be managed in terms of regular service provision such as refuse collection,containment,etc.

6 – 9 months
Formalisation of Villages Legal processes where townships are created with formal services through which residents obtain formal security of tenure. 6 to 9 months
Land Audit Process


Project inception: Month 1

Gathering of all data:

Consulting with tribal and community leaders:

Fieldwork – Identify communal worked and land areas:

Cadastral data verification: Month 2

Calculating of missing cadastral information:

Merging of all data sets: Month 3

Compilation of final Cadastral plan and complete database:

Final report:

3 months
Relocation Plan – Informal Settlement Process of relocating Informal Settlements:

High level political support via Ward Councillors.

Collection of relocation Steering Committee with technical expertise / Relocation Officer.

Intergovernmental co-ordination and assistance (Provincial involvement in Steering Committee.

Approval of Relocation Plan by Steering Committee.

Public Participation Meeting with tenants

Written Notices to Tenants.

Develop a system to register shelters / occupants for identification by means of attribute data.

1-2 months
Rezoning Applications Change in land use from “Residential 1” to “Special” for the purpose of shops and offices (etc.) 6-9 months
Subdivision Applications Subdivide erf into smaller portions 3-6 months
Consolidation Applications Combining erven to one erf 3-6 months
Council Written/Special Consent Procedure to follow when SPLUMA specifically provides for certain uses with the consent of the local authority 3-6 months
Relaxation of Building Line Application of written consent to Council 3-6 months
Coverage increasing of buildings Application of written consent to Council 3-6 months
Removal of Restrictive Title Conditions Applications The process is often followed when a TSP specifically provides for certain uses with the concent of the local authority 3-6 months