The Premier urges all stakeholders to join hands towards effective and successful implementation of the LDP in order to accelerate service delivery and fulfill the aspirations of the people of Limpopo. Below are some of the key institutional arrangements that serve as stakeholder interaction and communication platforms to support the implementation of the LDP.
• The Limpopo Provincial Planning Forum, which anchors implementation of the Limpopo Integrated Planning Framework, continues to serve as a key platform to steer and foster the integration of plans, in all spheres of government and to ensure coordinated implementation is met.
• Limpopo Infrastructure Water Technical Working Group was established and has coordinated successful District Water Engagement Sessions in pursuit of addressing prevalent water challenges in the province. The task team is currently providing oversight with regard to the implementation of summit resolutions as well as the Provincial Water Master Plan IAP.
• Provincial Growth Point Forum was established to provide strategic reinforcement of the provincial agenda to the prioritised growth point municipalities, in pursuit of enhancing their productive performance and ensuring meaningful contribution to the provincial economy. The Provincial Growth Point Development Forum at municipality level creates alignment between the provincial developmental agendas and the PGP Municipality priorities, as well as facilitating stakeholder support in planning, implementation and monitoring of the PGP municipality priorities.
• The Premier Employment Growth and Advisory Council (PEGAC) was reconfigured, based on an EXCO resolution, to ensure alignment and continuous support to the LDP implementation process. PEGAC continues to provide advisory support to the implementation of the LDP, co-chaired by the leadership from the private sector/industry as well as political leadership.
• Executive Council (EXCO) and its provincial structures continue to provide strategic leadership and oversight in the implementation of the Label Distribution Protocol.
The Premier directed the provincial departments to convene summits in view of accelerating implementation of the LDP and ensuring coordinated and improved service delivery to the province as a whole. The following information gives a snapshot of the summits conducted in supporting the realisation of the objectives of the LDP.
• Limpopo Agro-processing Summit was convened in pursuit of forging strategic partnerships towards accelerating the implementation of the Limpopo Agro-processing Strategy. Currently, the province is set in establishing Agri-Parks in all five districts, in view of improvising the performance of the agri-business sector and enhancing as well as aiding in the competitiveness of smallholder farmers.
• Climate Change Workshop *took place, to solicit stakeholder inputs in terms of addressing climate change in the province, and as a way of implementing the Limpopo Green Economy Strategy.
• Education Summit – Implementation of
the resolutions is currently underway.
• Economic Summit was anchored by six work streams namely: industrialisation, mining, infrastructure, agroprocessing, SMME, youth, traditional leadership, culture, sport and tourism; ICT and knowledge economy.
• Provincial Water and Sanitation Summit was held under the theme “water is life, sanitation is dignity.” The Limpopo Water Services and Resources Management Infrastructure Technical Task Team is providing oversight on the implementation of all the resolutions.
• Local Government Summit was convened with the aim of devising strategies towards mainstreaming the priorities identified in the Back-to-Basics Programme in the IDPs, Budgets and Service Delivery Plans of municipalities.
DEVELOPED SECTOR PLANS
The development process regarding the specified plans, is outlined below:
• Provincial Water Master Plan was developed as a strategy to guide planning, management and allocation of water to support both economic social and environmental needs.
• The Limpopo Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) has been developed to provide guidance towards ensuring sustainable spatial and land-use management in the province. The LSDF will further provide a frame of reference and guide to Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs) to direct municipal planning decisions and developmental interventions.
• Limpopo Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (LIIMP) development process, which is GIS-based, is to be finalised in July 2017. The aim of the plan is to serve as a frame of reference so as to help and coordinate infrastructure planning and management.
• Limpopo Human Resources Development Strategy (LHRDS) has been developed in pursuit of addressing the skills needs required by the economy and towards building a capable development state.
• Limpopo Spatial Planning and Land-Use Management (LSPLUMA) Bill is envisaged to be finalised for EXCO consideration by the end of July 2017. The document reflects on implications of spatial economic dynamics in the province and the importance of inclusive spatial planning and landuse management (SPLUMA) towards ensuring integrated development. The institutional arrangements to anchor SPLUMA implementation are being established in the province.
KEY PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS
The key pillars anchoring the LDP include mining, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, providing support to SMMEs and investment in Human Resources Development. • Musina-Makhado SEZ implementation process is underway as
an instrument for industrialisation in the province.
• Lephalale Sustainable Urban Development Planning process as a way of piloting the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) in the province is underway to ensure that Lephalale municipality transit into a “green” city.
• Establishment of Agri-Parks has commenced in all the five districts as a way of commercialising the agricultural sector and enhancing the competitiveness of the smallholder farmers towards meaningful contribution to the economy and well being of the province.
• Commercialisation of Nature Reserves Policy is being finalised
towards improved local economic development.
• The two industrial parks in Seshego and Nkowankowa are being revitalised in support of the Black Industrialist Programme. The Manufacturing Support Centre is being established in Nkowankowa to support industrialisation and will be completed in 2017/18.
• Township and Villages Revitalisation Strategy Development has become a process which has commenced in promoting support to SMMEs and cooperatives as part of the Enterprise Development Programme.
• Limpopo Anti-Poverty Programme has been developed and approved by EXCO to address challenges of poverty-stricken communities in a holistic and co-ordinated manner.
• Completed and launched De Hoop Dam with the aim of providing water to Sekhukhune District, Polokwane and Mogalakwena Municipalities – a key growth point.
• Upgraded Flag Boshielo Dam to provide water to the surrounding communities and Mogalakwena municipality. It is being capacitated to have enough water.
• Provincial Incubation Strategy is being implemented in view of
enhancing the human capital investment in the province.
GOVERNANCE AND LEADESRHIP
Upon adoption of the LDP, the province did not have a
Director General and most of the provincial departments and municipalities lacked accounting officers. Up to date progress has been made:
• Appointment of the Director General
• All 12 provincial departments have permanent accounting
officers, thus Head of Departments
• Nine municipalities out of 30 are yet to finalise appointment of
In addition the 2017/18 POA, encapsulated the recommendations made in the LDP Mid-Term Review and some key summit resolutions to accelerate implementation of the plan and ensure sustainable growth and development in the province.
Premier Chupu Mathabatha and MEC for Public Works,Roads and Infrustructure Mr Jerry Ndou turn the sod of a 20,5km road D36