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Planning for rural areas

10 September 2012-The Tshwane2055 growth and development strategy’s liveable city theme week started with the City planning department sharing its concept of “innovation in rural areas” at the Bronkhorstspruit Municipal Hall on Monday 10 September.

bronkhorstspruit500Bronkhorstpruit is a semi-rural area that was incorporated into the City of Tshwane a few years ago

Planning for rural areas cannot be the same as that for urban areas. Firstly, the City has to understand its shortcomings in relation to rural issues, and thus expect that achieving its goals will depend on an active effort to engage the people for whom it is planning.

Understanding the character of the rural area for which you are planning to develop housing, health, education and other facilities makes planning easier, because it is done in the context of the region.

A liveable city, as envisioned by Tshwane2055, is where people feel content in their surroundings, in a friendly environment that has all the amenities that make community development simpler, and opens the area up for investment from outside it.

The day’s discussions on rural development also highlighted the importance of addressing rural areas despite the increasing population shifts from rural to urban areas. The more rural areas of Tshwane are the former Metsweding District Municipality, which included the Nokeng tsa Taemane and Kungwini were incorporated into the City of Tshwane in 2009, and the metro was officially recognised as including the two areas following the 2011 local government elections.

With this in mind, the City plans to offer an overall environment where a better quality of life can be achieved, while promoting economic growth and sustainable development for the areas.

Economies that possess greater mobility are often those with opportunities to develop than those with scarce mobility.

Liveable city and safer communities is the last thematic topic to be covered in Tshwane 2055 consultation discussion.

Other topics that were covered in the previous weeks included governance, health and poverty, sustainable environment and natural resources, economic growth, smart city and transport.

The intention of this exercise is to produce a long term strategy that has been jointly developed with the City's stakeholders. This document will be launched at a stakeholder summit in October.

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