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The indicator to monitor the success of this project component is to have the law drafted and then passed by the Provincial Parliament.

Spatial zonation plan covering provincial, district and local municipal levels

Planning processes implemented in municipalities so far, based on IDP and LDO- legislation and approaches have produced a variety of plans with uncoordinated views of provincial and district level development needs. The common view is that their role as a guiding instrument for local development has not been as good as expected. One reason for the limited role so far may be the fact that municipalities do not have sufficient human capacity to produce those plans themselves. Most of the IDPs have been produced by external consults.

The various departments within the municipalities that are developing and implementing projects (e.g. the city engineering departments) often do not know how to incorporate the zonation information unless it is clearly shown to them how it can be used in their budgeting and project development cycle. The intended output is to show them how, at various stages of the project development cycle, they can incorporate environmental issues. This can be done through the use of environmental checklists or the use of zonation maps.

To make this planning more efficient and useful for all the stakeholders, the system needs strong support from provincial level coordination, which helps to integrate the municipal land use needs with their neighbourhood municipalities and provincial level priorities. Also the integration of environmental issues to these processes needs strengthening. Implementing this component needs also strong educational and training inputs as well as some improvements in present IT-communication facilities in the provincial and municipal administration.

Linking the municipal plans better with the provincial plans will help municipalities and private investors to realise these plans more effectively. Zonation plan  will also be closely linked with the Provincial Law (Ch. 3.3.1) in such a way that the Law will support and speed up the implementation of development plans included in zonation plan .

This component is monitored by the results of the spatial zonation process in different municipalities and the final outcome will be the provincial level zonation plan itself.

The provincial zonation plan will be included as a legal requirement in terms of the new provincial law to be developed by this project.

Operational capacity of the integrated environment-related service delivery systems in place at provincial, district and local municipal levels

Environment-related decisions are made and services produced at different levels of administration. Municipalities are responsible for decisions and services concerning issues like;

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location of business development sites

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location of housing development sites

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delivery agreements of infrastructure services like water, electricity, waste disposal, sewage purification (sanitation), municipal roads

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storm water management in built areas

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cleansing

Provincial Government Departments are responsible for e.g.

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permitting activities with possible environmental effects (pollution, noise, etc.)

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proceedings and approvals of EIA-plans and results

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provincial level infrastructure (main roads, health clinics, schools)

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promoting housing programmes

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monitoring the state of the environment and possible environmental impacts of permitted activities

Central Government Departments are responsible for e.g.

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permitting waste treatment facilities and plants (DWAF)

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