PRETORIA-- The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), adopted by the South African government in 2016 marks a new deal for cities and towns in the country, says the Deputy Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Andries Nel.

It will steer urban growth towards a sustainable model of compact, connected and coordinated towns and cities, he said here Wednesday when addressing the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Municipal Innovative Infrastructure Financing Conference being held under the theme Unlocking Infrastructure Financing to Accelerate Service delivery".

[IUDF] provides a roadmap to implement the National Development Plan's vision for spatial transformation, creating liveable, inclusive and resilient towns and cities, while reversing the apartheid spatial legacy, Nel said.

The objective of the IUDF is to transform urban spaces by reducing travel costs and distances; preventing further development of housing in marginal places; increasing urban densities to reduce sprawl; improving public transport and the co-ordination between transport modes; and shifting jobs and investment towards dense peripheral townships.

Noting that many of the issues that intermediate cities are dealing with are structural and require a long-term vision and plan which is implemented with determination, Nel said: The aim is to create more compact cities structured around public transit corridors and nodes. This will improve city productivity - by improving efficiency- and inclusivity - by improving the access of historically disadvantaged citizens to employment and consumption opportunities."

Referring to the NDP, which addresses the need to transform human settlements and the national space economy and sets the vision that: By 2030 South Africa should observe meaningful and measurable progress in reviving rural areas and in creating more functionally integrated, balanced and vibrant urban settlement."


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