What is the Eastern Seaboard Regional Spatial Development Framework?
The Eastern Seaboard is located along approximately 250 km coastal stretch between Coffee Bay in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality in the south and Scottburgh in UMdoni Local Municipality in the north. The Eastern Seaboard consists of regional development anchors, rural service centres and dispersed rural settlements across and along the N2 corridor in municipalities within KwaZulu-Natal to the Eastern Cape province mainly by the road network. There is currently limited physical and ICT infrastructure as well as economic development. The area is endowed with natural resources spanning across multiple administrative boundaries and lies between two (2) provinces, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, four (4) District Municipalities namely, (i) Harry Gwala, (ii) Ugu (iii) Alfred Nzo and (iv) OR Tambo and seventeen municipalities (17) depicted under key partners.
The Eastern Seaboard RSDF will improve the quality of life in relation to:
Culture and heritage
The Eastern Seaboard RSDF will:
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The Eastern Seaboard Development initiative serves as a starting point for decisively addressing the challenges confronting the Eastern Seaboard and unlocking the economic potential in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and enhancing regional connectivity. This will be achieved through intentional development, in an all of government approach through the District Development Model (DDM). The DDM will be leveraged as far as possible to unlock the development potential of the District spaces through improved inter-governmental collaboration and joint planning, budgeting and implementation process that focuses investment to respond to the needs of the people.
The phased approach will ensure that specific
project objectives are reached, including:
The six project phases are:
InceptionPhase 1 involved the development of the Inception Report and the presentation of it, to communicate the purpose of the project and obtain buy-in, to the relevant structures and stakeholders including the Workstream Steering Committee lead by the Department of Human Settlements (DHS) and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD), and the National Project Steering Committee lead by MISA.
- Inception Report including the following;
- Stakeholder engagement and communication plan
- Skills transfer plan
- ESRSDF website and spatial information system
- Marketing and branding strategy
- Monitoring and Evaluation plan
Status Quo Research and Analysis ReportPhase 2 of the project involves Status Quo Analysis Report. It involves an analysis of the legislative and policy context and the development of a conceptual vision for the Eastern Seaboard RSDF. This is an opportunity to analyse various policies and legislation to extract strategic and spatial direction that will guide the development of the RSDF and subsequently the entire Eastern Seaboard Development.
- Status Quo Research
Regional Situational Analysis and Synthesis
Current PhasePhase 3 of the project involves a spatial analysis and a multidisciplinary situational analysis of the various components forming part of a RSDF. This process will be followed by a synthesis exercise of the information generated in the regional situational analysis through spatial-based approach.
- Regional Situational Analysis and Synthesis
Draft ESRSDF Spatial Proposal and Implementation FrameworkPhase 4 of the project involves the drafting of the spatial proposals informed by the African Smart City vision, spatial objectives and principles, as well as the regional situational synthesis. An implementation framework will also be developed in this phase. This will include the development of the Capital Expenditure Framework that identifies priorities, institutional arrangements and implementation requirements.
- Draft ESRSDF Spatial Proposal and Implementation Framework
Public Participation and 2nd Draft ESRSDFThis phase involves public participation and the revision of the draft ESRSDF.
During this phase, the following ESRSDF components will be implemented:
- Marketing and branding strategy, and
- The Skills Transfer Plan.
Public participation workshops will be conducted using our design-led thinking as a strategy for innovation. By using the design-led thinking approach as part of our strategy we have been able to innovate not only in the design outcomes, but also adjust our thinking process throughout this journey.
The workshops will give the community and all relevant stakeholders an opportunity to provide comments on the draft ESRSDF and its Implementation Framework.
- Public participation
- Second Draft of the Easter Seaboard Regional Spatial Development Framework
ESRSDF Finalisation and ApprovalPhase 6 involves refining, updating and finalising the ESRSDF and the submission of the final ESRSDF to the Minister of National Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development for promulgation in the National Gazette. A complete set of all documents and records generated during the project will be submitted. A close-out report will be developed containing a summary of the project and an analysis of the challenges encountered as well as lessons learnt.
- Final Easter Seaboard Regional Spatial Development Framework