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Title: Sustainable Development in Provincial Growth


1
Sustainable Development in Provincial Growth
Development Strategies
  • Presentation to the Western Cape
  • Sustainable Development Conference
  • June 2005
  • By Sibusiso Xaba
  • Deputy Director General Economic Development
    Planning
  • Gauteng Department of Finance Economic Affairs

2
Outline
  • Sustainable Development
  • Growth Strategies
  • The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
    Province
  • Some challenges
  • Possible solutions
  • Conclusions.

3
Sustainable Development
  • Meeting the needs of the present generations,
    without compromising ( perhaps even creating a
    better platform) the ability of future
    generations to meet their needs
  • Balancing the needs for economic growth, social
    development and environmental integrity.

4
Provincial Growth Development Strategies
  • Prepared by agreement in the Presidents
    Co-ordinating Council
  • Prepared and adopted in various fashions,
    responding to the specific condition of each
    Province
  • PGDSs take various forms and emphases as per the
    needs of each Province
  • Most Provinces have completed or are completing
    their PGDS processes
  • In 2004, the President announced the initiatives
    to align the NSDP, the PGDSs and IDPs,
    essentially to realize a better aligned planning
    system in the country
  • DPLG is currently in a process of preparing
    guidelines on PGDSs.

5
Provincial Growth Development Strategies
  • However, some common emerging issues
  • PGDSs should be strategic development
    frameworks
  • PGDSs should make choices on growth trajectories
    cannot be everything we do
  • PGDSs should give direction a level of
    predictability to various sectors of society
    regarding growth and development
  • PGDSs should seek to harness the energies,
    skills and resources of all the sectors of
    society towards the achievement of the Provinces
    development priorities
  • PGDSs should be linked to National
    (International) development priorities
  • PGDSs are not spatial plans, but are development
    plans with spatial elements (large or small,
    depending on the choices that are made).

6
The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
Province
  • In May 2004, Gauteng EXCO decided to develop the
    GDS
  • It has its foundation in the Gauteng Trade
    Industry Strategy, the Gauteng Integrated
    Development Plan, the Gauteng Local Economic
    Development Strategy, and the Gauteng State of
    the Environment Report, etc
  • The GDS is a plan not just the Provincial
    Government, but for the Gauteng Province as a
    whole
  • Seeks to
  • Coherent visionary 8 year growth development
    perspective
  • A framework to guide government actions
  • A statement of purpose as a basis for partnership.

7
The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
Province
  • Gauteng in context
  • The economic industrial heartland of the
    country
  • Home to almost 20 South Africans on only 1.4 of
    the SA surface area
  • Contributes around 34 of the country GDP and
    Africas 4th largest economy
  • Accounted for 49 of all remuneration in the
    country and 52 of organizations turnover in
    2003
  • Largest recipient of in-migration in the SADC
  • One of the most unequal societies in the world
  • Produces 80 of South Africas industrial waste
  • Emerging as Africas first Global City Region.

8
The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
Province
  • Recognize achievements over the past decade
  • Acknowledge current socio-economic fault lines
  • Present a framework for strategic intervention
  • Demonstrate commitment through the use of
    credible strategic levers
  • Commit to ongoing monitoring and review.

9
The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
Province
  • The GDS outlines
  • A shared vision for growth development in the
    Province for the next 10 years
  • Strategic objectives that we are working towards
    achieving
  • Strategic mechanisms, which are choices on how we
    can achieve our objectives
  • Strategic levers, which are instruments that we
    can use to turn things around
  • Gautengs contribution to the achievement of the
    National goals of halving unemployment poverty
    by 2014.

10
The Growth Development Strategy for the Gauteng
Province
  • Sustainability issues
  • Ensuring faster, sustainable and shared growth
  • Addressing poverty in the short to long term
    providing appropriate levels of services to all
    Gautengers
  • Densification, urban renewal better located
    human settlements
  • Ensuring good governance and partnership
  • Focus on the most vulnerable sectors of society
  • Upholding environmental governance.

11
Challenges
  • Not adequate emphasis on environmental management
    principles
  • Dichotomy between growth and environmental
    management not completely resolved
  • Lack of appropriate tools
  • Better integration of environmental and
    development management governance systems

12
Possible Solutions
  • Promotion of pro-active environmental planning
    instruments
  • Better co-ordination between economic/
    development planning environmental management
    authorities
  • Information sharing, eg monitoring systems
    tools.

13
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