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URBAN management involves coordinating and integrating public and private activities to tackle major problems the residents of a region face - with the aim of building a more competitive, equitable and sustainable city.

Under the new City structure, regions have to play a more active role in developing, managing and coordinating resources to achieve their development objectives.

The work they carry out is informed by plans developed by the City - including the Growth and Development Strategy, the Integrated Development Plan, the Spatial Development Framework, regional spatial development frameworks and regional urban management plans.

Regional urban management plans assess the environment and determine which areas need special attention, such as better service delivery. They also identify areas that are in decline or are not performing at their best: these need specific project and capital intervention.

Urban managers focus on urban management in specific areas within each region, depending on what is highlighted in the regional urban management plans.

Multi-disciplinary task teams - consisting of members from relevant core departments and other utilities, agencies and corporatised entities - carry out operational work. Teams may include Metro Police (to deal with informal trading, traffic and posters); environmental health inspectors from the Health Department; planning control and building control inspectors from the Development Planning and Urban Management Department; and environmental management inspectors from the Environment Department.

Public participation is vital to the department's aims, as this ensures that the needs of a community are fully understood. The individual regions have to play an important role in building relationships, in building the image of the City through improving communication with residents and in improving residents' access to local government.

These multi-disciplinary units are headed by "commanders" who report directly to the respective regional directors.

The department also tackles specific zones, such as business nodes or places of urban decay, providing dedicated attention to the target area. It also participates in and supports specific urban projects, such as development around Gautrain station precincts, 2010 World Cup projects and other regeneration projects, including the Alexandra Renewal Programme.

 


 

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