Integrated urban development framework

The SACN has been part of the team driving the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), which was successfully launched in 2014. SACN is acting as the secretariat to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) and partners and is extensively involved in the development, editing and production of the various documents.


The IUDF seeks to foster a shared understanding across government and society about how best to manage urbanisation and achieve the goals of economic development, job creation and improved living conditions for our people.


Make sure to visit the IUDF website


The Department of Cooperative Governance, working with various partners (including SA Cities Network), has recently released the (IUDF)…

Integrated Urban Development Framework: Draft for Discussion. The Draft IUDF takes forward the arguments and thoughts outlined in the IUDF

IUDF Brochure

The New Urban Agenda Localisation Framework (NUA-LF) is a report that the SACN produced in partnership with the Department of Human Settlements & COGTA.

National Development Plan 2030

Final Draft National Spatial Development Framework (NSDF)



The Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) Explained

Importantly, this vision for South Africa’s urban areas recognises that the country has different types of cities and towns, which have different roles and requirements. As such, the vision has to be interpreted and pursued in differentiated and locally relevant ways. The nine levers of the IUDF are explained below in the nine short videos.

Lever 1: Integrated Urban Planning and Management
Lever 2: Integrated Transport and Mobility
Lever 3: Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements
Lever 4: Integrated Urban Infrastructure
Lever 5: Efficient Land Governance and Management
Lever 6: Inclusive Economic Development
Lever 7: Empowered Active Communities
Lever 8: Effective Urban Governance
Lever 9: Sustainable Finances