28 July 2015 - NW2210
Madisha, Mr WM to ask the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Whether the Government has committed funds over the medium term to establish any new town or city as a result of any new set of compelling economic reasons; if not, why not; if so, (a) what was the rationale for doing so, (b) where is this new town or city to be located, (c) what information was shared with Parliament to get its input on the advisability of establishing such a new town or city, (d) what costs will the Government have to carry over the medium term and (e) when did the Cabinet have the opportunity to study the feasibility report and accept the desirability to proceed with the establishment of such a town or city?
Government has not taken any decision to establish new cities, and thus no funds have been set aside for this purpose. It should also be noted that development of cities can evolve from small towns or urban nodes that grow as a result of increased economic activities and population growth. Examples of such areas include towns such as Lephalale, which is growing rapidly due to increased economic activities and public infrastructure investments in the area. Furthermore, the location, desirability and growth of such areas are informed by municipalities’ Spatial Development Frameworks. It is, therefore, the responsibility of municipalities to approve such developments. However, as new and substantial economic hubs develop in new towns and cities, government will assist these municipalities to acquire appropriate planning and other technical capability to manage these new challenges and opportunities.