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Major criteria of credible integrated development planning in local government: city of Mbombela, Ehlanzeni District, South Africa


Year published: 2023
Categories: Research Article
URL Link: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJPL-02-2023-0006/full/html

Author / Authors:

  • Dovhani Johannes Mulaudzi
  • Joseph Francis
  • Jethro Zuwarimwe
  • James Chakwizira



Purpose – The purpose of the study was to determine the major criteria for a credible integrated development planning (IDP) process in Mbombela municipality, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

Design/methodology/approach – The study utilizes a combination of sequential exploratory and explanatory mixed methods. About 120 key informants participated in the structured questionnaire, and a further seven interviews were conducted as elite interviews. Four multistakeholder workshop sessions with up to sixty-six participants each were conducted.

Findings – To strengthen the integrated planning in local government, the study recommended “stakeholder participation and ownership,” “leadership and accountability,” “impact and outcome-based focus,” “a compact value chain” and “monitoring and evaluation.”

Originality/value – The IDP process is a tactical planning gadget designed to achieve transformation and introduce new systems of governance. IDPs currently tend to lack standard criteria to measure their performance in promoting public leadership and responding to community needs, which is a major challenge in many municipalities across South Africa. Since its introduction in 2000 to fast-track service delivery, concerns have been raised about why there are still constant protests alleged to be caused by poor service delivery.


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