All local communities and other key stake holders have been involved in preparing these IDP’s in an enormous consultative process throughout the municipal area.

The new approach of local government is “to facilitate and ensure the provision of infrastructure, services and support, thereby creating an enabling environment for all citizens to utilise their full potential and access opportunities. This will enable citizens to contribute towards a vibrant and sustainable economy with full employment and thus create a better quality of life for all”.

The focus is therefore on citizens doing things for themselves, with local government providing all the support to make this process happen. Not only is this approach more effective a in a context of scarce resources, but it also has overwhelming support from citizens and civil society groups who are eager to work in partnership with local government to make development happen.