The potential role of project management in Category B municipalities
Title of treatise : The potential role of Project Management in
Category B Municipalities
Name of author : Daniëll Robert Abrahamse
Name of study leader : Mr. Gert Basson
Department of Construction Economics
Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and
University of Pretoria
Date : November 2002
The South African Government’s Demarcation process has ensured that the entire
Country now have “City to City” municipal areas. This process has been put in place
to ensure that basic services can now be provided to all the people of the Country.
With the demarcation process the South African Government also introduced
Integrated Development Planning (IDP). The IDP is a process through which
municipalities prepare a strategic development plan, for a five-year period. The IDP is
a product of the Integrated Development Planning process and a principle strategic
planning instrument, which guides and describes all planning, budgeting,
management and decision making in a municipality.
According to the Municipal Systems Act 1998 (Act No. 117 of 1998), every new
council that comes into office after the Local Government elections has to prepare its
own IDP, which will guide them for the five years that they are in office. The IDP is
therefore linked to the term of office of Municipal Councillors. This process is aimed
to provide basic services to the community, by means of making the community part
of the entire process.
The research focuses on the following i.e. to determine the need for Project
Management when implementing projects as reflected in the Integrated Development
Plan (IDP) and to determine how Project Management can be applied in community
participation for development projects in Category B Municipalities.
The following is discussed and forms part of the corpus of the research:
The Integrated Development Plan and its benefits in terms of service delivery
to the community.
The important role Project Management plays in terms of projects as reflected
in the Integrated Development Plan.
The Project Manager must be on board during all the phases of the project
life cycle, to ensure that the projects are implemented according to the
following constraints: -
- On time;
- Within budget;
- Utilising limited resources;
- And achieving the desired deliverables.
The Project Manager must have leadership qualities to be successful in a
That the Project Manager must be appointed on a performance contract to
save guard the interest of the community and the municipality.
The inclusion of the community must always be a motivational force behind
development, and therefore one of the most important role-players during the
project management process.
That Project Management plays a vital role in service delivery and community
participation, especially when implementing the Integrated Development Plan.
School:University of Pretoria/Universiteit van Pretoria
School Location:South Africa
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:strategic planning local government project management municipal services cities and towns south africa
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