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Title:The formulation of land development objectives: a commentary
Authors:Van Rensburg, Pieter J.
Cattanach, JamesISNI
Wall, Kevin
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:municipal government
urban areas
local government reform
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03033133
Abstract:In South Africa the Development Facilitation Act (DFA) no. 67 of 1995 introduced a new system of urban management that has to be developed and implemented, in consultation with stakeholders, by local authorities. A key element of the DFA is that local authorities have to prepare 'Land Development Objectives' (LDOs). These are intended to determine the nature, scale and financing of development of the local authority. This paper looks at the results of the preparation of LDOs for the 1997/1998 budget in Gauteng, which is far ahead of the other provinces in implementing the DFA. Despite shortcomings, the initial LDO process set a very promising precedent. Officials, councillors and communities were exposed to the procedure, essential status quo information was gathered, policies were stated and thus became more accessible for review purposes, and to a greater or lesser extent the communities and stakeholders influenced budget setting. Nevertheless, it is early days, and much of the DFA's promise is still untested.