State of the Nation  2024


The District Development model

Government is rolling out the District Development Model (DDM) to improve service delivery at municipalities across the country.

The DDM is designed to address problems with service delivery by allowing all spheres of government, from local municipalities to national government, to work together in a more effective and coordinated way.

This will help municipalities to better plan, budget and implement projects and programmes. It will also ensure that the work of municipalities is managed and monitored to keep it on track.

The DDM identifies 44 districts and eight metros around the country that will be used to speed up service delivery and economic development, including job creation.

One Plans

The DDM rests on the development of a ‘One Plan’ for each identified district and metro. This long-term plan of action is developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, communities and the private sector. It sets out the service delivery challenges and opportunities for growth and development in each area.

So far, 35 One Plans have been finalised, 14 are being finalised and three are still to be developed. The plans will allow South African municipalities to begin tackling their service-delivery problems.

The DDM has been piloted in three districts so far:

  • Waterberg

  • OR Tambo district municipalities

  • eThekwini metropolitan municipality

Political champions

Government has appointed Political Champions to provide oversight and support to improve cooperation and collaboration across the three spheres of government to implement the DDM and provide strategic guidance for the development and implementation of the One Plans.

Presidential Imbizo

In South Africa, the participation of community members in governance is a democratic right. Government is working hard to ensure that citizens are being heard and that the concerns they raise are being actively addressed. The Presidential Imbizo is one such platform that was established to address service delivery backlogs in rural communities and champions the principle of being a ‘listening’ government that encourages inclusive participation of citizens to promote accelerated service delivery. Presidential Izimbizo have been held in all provinces.
The aim has been to ensure a continuous government service delivery and monitoring programme that seeks to ensure an integrated, district-based service delivery approach.


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