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National Treasury, Cities Support Programme

01 January 2020

Cities Support Programme



South Africa

The Cities Support Programme (CSP) is a demand-driven, “umbrella” programme that covers a range of support mechanisms to metropolitan municipalities and the broader intergovernmental environment. It works closely across divisions in National Treasury, and with other national departments to ensure a continuous, consistent and focused lens is brought to bear on the challenges posed to, and the opportunities for, urban growth. 

The CSP has been designed to respond to the implementation support needs of cities in five key critical areas of the built environment: governance and planning, human settlements management, public transport, climate resilience and economic development. 


1. Core City Governance

  • City Support Programme and Coaching - Emerging Lessons from the field
  • Strategic Development Review (SDR) Guide
  • Borrowing Policy Review
  • Land based financing tools
  • LT Financial Strategies

       Planning Reforms

  • Strategic Planning Led Budgeting
  • Infrastructure-Led Growth through Spatially Targeted Public Investment
  • The Fiscal Impact Tool
  • Aligning Planning and Capital Budgeting
  • Outcomes Led Planning
  • Planning Reforms - International Perspectives

 2. Human Settlements

3. Public Transport & Urban Mobility

  • BRT Toolkit
  • ITS Practice note
  • Station Management PN
  • Consolidated IPTN Guidance V4 Jan 2018

4. Climate Resilience & Sustainability

Asset Management and Service Delivery Support

       Discussion Papers

  • Elec. Supply and Demand DP
  • Muni Elec Industry DP
  • Securing Urban Water DP
  • Waste Management DP

       Summary Papers

  • ElectricityDistribution SP
  • SecuringUrbanWater SP
  • Waste Management SP

5. Economic Development

  • Investment Climate Reforms
  • Investment Promotion Strategy
  • Investor Facilitation
  • Partnering for Growth
  • ​Partnering for Growth-Baakens Valley
  • Township Economies Series Paper 1
  • Township Economies Series Paper 2
  • Township Economies Series Paper 3
  • Township Economies Series Paper 4
  • Township Economies Series Paper 5
  • SowetoGold Case Study

      Urbanisation Review Papers

  • Managing Urbanisation
  • Paper 1 - People on the Move
  • Paper 2 - Jobs to People_People to Jobs
  • Paper 3 - RSA Urbanisation
  • Paper 4 - Prel Expl on Urban Finance
  • Paper 5 - SEZs and Cities
  • Paper 6 - Analysis of HS Programme
  • Paper 7 - Logistics and Freight
  • Paper 8 - Urban Finance in South Africa
  • Paper 9 - Urban Transport Analysis



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    Built environment



    Human settlements


    Poverty & inequality

    Social facilities

    Solid waste

    South Africa


    Water and sanitation

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