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Evaluating the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) as a performance management system for a selected KwaZulu-Natal municipality

Dissertation submitted in the partial fulfillment for the requirements of the
Degree of Master of Business Administration, Durban University of
Technology, 2011. / Notwithstanding the unsurpassed planning efforts, municipalities nationally seem to be losing their
battle in pursuit of sustainable development. South African municipalities find themselves
confronted with a harsh reality and that is that after 12 years of legislated Integrated Development
Planning (IDP), poverty remains widespread and persists alongside affluence, while inequalities are
increasing.
The mechanism of service delivery in municipalities is hampered by bureaucratic settings within
Local Government and the ambiguity attached to some of the projects. The service and
infrastructural developments targeted for the poor, and the involvement of communities in the
affairs of the Local Government might be seen as a partial panacea for poverty alleviation in South
Africa, however the capacity of Local Governments to effectively carry out this developmental
challenge assigned to them might be a new twist in the developmental challenge facing Local
Governments in South Africa.
The commonly-employed approach to local development to the challenges of co-ordinating and
integrating efforts has revealed clear evidence of the usefulness of sustainable local development
which helps to promote effective planning methods based on a multi-sectorial approach to poverty
reduction and community development for an integrated local development planning process.
The literature review contained in this research indicates that in South Africa the implementation of
the IDP at Local Government level impacts upon by the Performance Management System (PMS).
This research which has been grounded within the positivist paradigm, evaluates the IDP as a performance management system at Ugu District Municipality. Interviews were conducted amongst employees of the Ugu District Municipality and the community served by the municipality to evaluate the extent to which the IDP is used as a tool to deliver sustainable development.

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:netd.ac.za/oai:union.ndltd.org:dut/oai:localhost:10321/700
Date January 2011
CreatorsHlongwane, Nkululeko Terrence
ContributorsDlamini, B. I.
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
LanguageEnglish
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeThesis
Format176 p.

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