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Municipalities ‘must take responsibility for land’

Author: Khulekani Magubane

Mr Nkwinti told delegates on the third day of the South African Local Government Association’s (Salga’s) national members assembly that they would have to start following the spatial planning and land use management act of 2013 and assume responsibility in land development management throughout the country.

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Development Act stipulates that all land development applications must be submitted to a municipality as the authority of first instance in land use development planning.

Mr Nkwinti said the national department would begin to draw back on its functions in land use management and spatial planning, allowing municipalities to take over this function. “All these laws must be looked at by municipalities. You can’t sit back any longer and pass it to national competence. These laws bring that to the point where it is in your face. In reality it says, every space in a municipality is under your responsibility,” he said.

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