At national level, the project will need to maintain good cooperation with the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and the Department of Provincial and Local Government. The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and its provincial arm NORWELOGA are also important stakeholders in policy matters and in capacity building.
The various provincial training and educational institutions, with special reference to the University of North West in Mafikeng are key stakeholders in capacity building and training.
Provincial and some national NGOs, CBOs and other citizens' groups as well as private sector companies operating/interested in sustainable development initiatives and environment technology are key stakeholders for local level pilot activities. They are important stakeholders also in the process of provincial law making and particularly in the spatial planning process which both require broad-based consultative approaches.
A re Ageng (“Let us build together”) is a provincial growth and development forum in the North West Province. It includes prominent members form public and private sectors, NGOs, training and educational institutions, labour movement, etc. Its main function is provincial strategy development and priority setting. Are Ageng is a provincial counterpart to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC).
A re Ageng was the think thank behind the formulation of the first 5-year Provincial Development Plan called “North West 2001”. The development strategy statement of the North West 2001 was: “The promotion of a mixed economy based on market principles, but with public sector and civil society jointly engaged and involved in ensuring growth and development, equal opportunities for all and a redress of the past inequalities that exist.”
The implementation of North West 2001 is widely considered unsatisfactory; many say that it is collecting dust on the shelves. A re Ageng is presently going through a critical self assessment where the shortcomings of the North West 2001 process are analysed. The implementation arrangements were found to be weak.
The province and A re Ageng is presently also starting a new 5-year planning process: “North West 2004” in which the mistakes of the previous strategy are attempted to be avoided. There is also wide consensus on the need of a longer term strategic planning exercise focusing on sustainable and integrated development of the province. That planning initiative is called North West 2010. The present project proposal is planned to contribute significantly towards the achievement of sustainable development framework for the province. In this strategy work the A re Ageng forum will be a key stakeholder.
Other Relevant Donor-supported Projects
Germany has been supporting the national Department of Provincial and Local Government in its support function to provinces, district municipalities and local municipalities in their Integrated Development Planning (IDP) processes through a Decentralised Development Planning (DDP) project. The technical assistance and project management has been provided by GTZ. The first phase (3 years) of the project started in May 1998 and is scheduled to terminate in April 2001. German contribution has been DEM 3 million. The project has i.a. uced policy studies, IDP manual, planning and training workshops, training program and curricula (actual training is outside the scope of the project). The project has used extensively local consultants with special reference to CSIR. The project has not had any major activities in the North West province.
As an off-spring of the DDP project, a separate support project to strengthen the municipal planning capacities has been developed for financing by Germany and other donors (tentative interest by the Netherlands and UK): Planning and Implementation Management Support System (PIMSS). The PIMSS project will provide support to the PIMS Centres that are being established at district municipal level to assist local municipalities in their IDP tasks. The vision is to have fully operational PIMS Centre in each of the 46 districts of the country.
It is emphasised here that the present project will not be a “PIMS project” as such, i.e. it will not provide financing for the setting up of PIMS centres in the North West province. However, the present project will have strong links with the eventual PIMS centres at districts in the province. It should be noted, however, that there is not yet a single PIMS centre in the province, and it is not yet clear if there
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