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District Development Model Dialogue Session – Webinar

January 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


District Development Model Dialogue Session: What are the prospects and pitfalls in the context of the DDM? Is intergovernmental planning and development achievable?

The District Development Model (DDM) is intended to alleviate disjointed planning, budgeting and implementation across the different spheres and entities of government to programmatically address the persistent socio-economic challenges of poverty, inequality, under-development and unemployment. Under the DDM all three spheres of government are expected to better coordinate and integrate development plans and budgets and effectively muster the capacity and resources of government, private sector and civil society in pursuit of more inclusive growth and development.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fault lines in the manner in which government has been planning, budgeting and implementing its programmes, which reflected pervasive levels of inequality and disparate development across society. Is it possible that the programmatic approach advocated by the DDM to integrated planning, budgeting and implementation by all of government and society could attain the short-, medium and long-term developmental outcomes and impact that the country needs?

To this end, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in association with its implementing partner, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), which is the implementing agent of the DDM in OR Tambo, Ethekwini and Waterburg Districts, hereby cordially invites you to join us in conversation as we unpack and deliberate on the themes critical to the DDM implementation. Accordingly, the localisation, spatialisation and evidence-based planning features of the various public and private interventions at a district/metro level are considered key to the overall execution and institutionalisation of the DDM.


  • Dr Tracy Ledger – Senior Researcher @Public Affairs Research Institute
Dr Tracy Ledger is a Senior Researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute, and institute affiliated with the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Phd in Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand and an M Comm from Stellenbosch University. Her main research interest is the analysis of institutional failure in the public sector, on the basis that the study of failure provides better insights into causality than does the study of so-called best practise. Her work is based mainly in local government, and focuses on developing new theoretical frameworks with which we can interpret institutional outcomes.
  • Themba Fosi – Deputy Director-General @National COGTA
Mr Fosi has extensive experience in Government, serving almost two decades at both Provincial and National Government level, including Gauteng Provincial Department, The Presidency and The Department for Cooperative Governance. For the past decade he has been a driving force in various policy developments in the Local Government sector, including the White Paper for Local Government process, the Intergovernmental Framework, various Local Government Improvement interventions and leading the development of the Integrated Urban Development Framework. He has in-depth knowledge of the local government sector, through experience as Acting HoD at provincial level and as an integral part of the department’s hands on approach to support the local government sphere through programmes such as Project Consolidate, the 5-Year Strategic Agenda, Local Government Improvement Programme and the Back to Basics Campaign and currently a Programme Manager for the District Development Model.
  • Prof. Louis Scheepers – School of Government @University of the Western Cape
Louis Scheepers is an experienced public sector manager and development facilitator. He has 26 years of experience working in and with metropolitan, district and local municipalities, the last 17 years spent in executive management. Louis has been Municipal Manager of Saldanha Bay Municipality (2001 – 2006 and 2012 – 2016) and Executive Director: Area Based Service Delivery for the City of Cape Town (2017 – 2018). Prof Scheepers has the academic credentials and practical experience to contribute towards creating and maintaining a sustainable local government sector, able to meet the developmental ambitions contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. He can be described as an Actitioner (academically oriented practitioner) and a Pracademic (practical academic).


January 27, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Virtual (Webinar)


Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), in association with its implementing partner, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)