Review of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Spatial Development Framework

Did You Know?

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs under the leadership of MEC Sipho Hlomuka is in the process of reviewing the Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF) as per the requirements of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act 16 of 2013).

The Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Spatial Development Framework (PSDF) represents the long-term spatial vision of the province to be consistent with and be formulated within the context of the National Spatial Development Framework.     It is thus the spatial expression of the KZN Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS) and provides spatial context for proposed strategic interventions.  It must guide the spatial dimension to achieve the goals and objectives of the PGDS in a targeted and spatial coordinated manner.

 What is the Purpose?

The purpose of the Provincial Spatial Development Framework will be to:

provide a spatial representation of the land development policies, strategies and objectives of the province, which must include the province’s growth and development strategy;

indicate the desired and intended pattern of land use development in the province, including the delineation of areas in which development in general or development of a particular type would not be appropriate;

coordinate and integrate the spatial expression of the sectoral plans of provincial departments;

provide a framework for coordinating municipal spatial development frameworks with each other where they are contiguous;

coordinate municipal spatial development frameworks with the provincial spatial development framework and any regional spatial development frameworks as they apply in the province; and

incorporate any spatial aspects of relevant national development strategies and programmes as they apply in the province.


KwaZulu-Natal is the 3rd smallest province in extent in South Africa with an extent of  ± 94361 km2. It is, however, the 2nd most populated province with more than 11 million residents. An estimated 51% of the total population reside within rural areas, including Ingonyama Trust Land which accounts for a major part of the provincial area.

The Province further consists of one Metropolitan Municipality (eThekwini), 10 District Municipalities and 43 Local Municipalities as illustrated on the map on the back of this pamphlet. The unique land composition, environmental landscape and history will inform the approach and emerging development strategies of the Provincial Spatial Development Framework. 

The Process

The PSDF review process will be undertaken during 2020 / 2021 and broadly according to the phases  illustrated adjacent. 

The process will furthermore aim to integrated existing research, strategies and polices from various national and provincial departments while taking cognisance of the various municipal spatial development frameworks as well.

During the process, the future development scenarios for the province will influence the specific data and research focus in an adaptable and robust manner.


Contact Details

All public and private sector roleplayers who have an interest in the development of KwaZulu-Natal and would like to stay informed of the process as well as opportunities for consultation and participation opportunities are invited to contact the Department on the following information. 

To submit comments on the review of the PSDF you can email or contact Mr Sphelele Mhlongo and Ms Amanda Zungu contact no.: 033 355 6428.