News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday August 18th 2019

City moves to scrap red tape


Following the withdrawal of 300 outdated planning policies, the City of Cape Town has identified additional local area planning policies to be withdrawn in a bid to further reduce red tape and create more policy certainty.

The move is in recognition of the existing bureaucracy hindering economic opportunities in the city.

City mayco member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe, recently announced that since 2012, about 300 outdated planning policies have been withdrawn.

The latest proposal involves withdrawing a further 58 outdated or obsolete planning policies, said van der Merwe.

He said the City was inviting members of the public to comment on the latest proposals.

“The City also inherited a number of pre-2000 local area planning policies from the previously disestablished municipalities now comprising the metro. Many of these policies have subsequently either been superseded by the district plans or have now become obsolete and outdated,” he said, which is why the City initiated a planning policy rationalisation process to withdraw old policies.

“The City is creating an enabling environment so that economic opportunities can be unlocked. As such, reducing red tape to simplify the decision-making environment is vital, ultimately, to create much-needed jobs.”

A list of the policies that the City is proposing for withdrawal has been published on the City’s website at

The list is also available at all City libraries, sub-council offices and district planning offices.

Members of the public and interested parties are urged to submit comments on the City’s proposal by December 10.

For more information about the public participation process, including how to submit comments, please send an e-mail to – Peter Luhanga

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