Municipal Guidebook - Applying Safety Measures into Integrated Development Plans

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Gauteng Province, Province of Eastern Cape, South African Local Government Association, GIZ

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01 Feb 2022

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This guidebook looks at the correlations between the Community Safety Plan and the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) of municipalities and gives guidance on how projects and budgets that were identified to promote community safety can be integrated into the IDP and its specific sector plans.

The approach is based on the understanding that there is an immanent connection between safety and development. The continuous high levels of violence and crime have interfered with the social and economic development of many South African communities.

Local government has a constitutional and legislative mandate to promote safe and healthy environments, as well as the social and economic development of communities.  IDPs as the central strategic mechanism to plan and drive development in a municipality is therefore key to address safety related challenges by incorporating principals of safety in all aspects of development. This means that the IDP is required to more intentionally highlight the need for safer communities and mainstream interventions and programmes that promote violence and crime prevention and broader safety outcomes across all sections of the IDP (i.e. financial, institutional, spatial, local economic development, etc.). Ideally the Community Safety Plan should have a similar standing as the sector plans but so long this is not legislated, the Community Safety Plan can serve as an annexure to the IDP, whereby safety related aspects are highlighted/mainstreamed within the IDP and its relevant sections prominently.

The IDP and the Community Safety Plan share a life cycle of five years and the developmental objectives of both require alignment throughout the planning, development and annual review processes.

This guidebook is most practical in conjunction with the Guidebook on developing Community Safety Plans for Provincial and Municipal Officials.


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