President Jacob Zuma has signed into law the Spatial and Land Use Management Act, which seeks to bridge the racial divide in spatial terms and to transform the settlement patterns of the country.
In a statement on Monday, the Presidency said Zuma has signed into law the bill which will address the legacy of the discriminatory, inefficient and costly special pattern that puts a considerable burden on the public resources.
The act will also ensure that the restructuring of South African cities, towns and settlements is in line with the priorities and principles of the democratic government.
“The act seeks to bridge the racial divide in spatial terms and to transform the settlement patterns of the country in a manner that gives effect to the key constitutional provisions,” said the Presidency.
The objectives of the act are to:
- Provide for a uniform, effective and comprehensive system of spatial planning and land use management of the Republic;
- Ensure that the system of spatial planning and land use management promotes social and economic inclusion;
- Provide for development principles and norms and standards;
- Provide the sustainable and efficient use of land;
- Provide for the cooperative government and intergovernmental relations amongst the national, provincial and local spheres of government; and
- Redress the imbalances of the past and ensure that there is equity in the application of spatial development planning and land use management.
SA Government News Agency