City Development

Ms Nontsundu Ndonga
Deputy Municipal Manager 
City Development

City Development (CD) is the City of uMhlathuze department responsible for business development, real estate development, planning, permitting, and public housing.



  • Alienation of Council owned properties
  • Maintenance of and updating of Fixed Asset Register
  • Responsible of rectification transfers
  • Responsible for the disposal of Assets through alienation of Council Owned properties
  • Granting of Servitude rights
  • Responsible for the acquisition of properties


  • Monitor illegal use of Council owned properties
  • Responsible for leasing of Council owned properties
  • Management of Council owned houses
  • Processing of Ingonyama Trust application


  • Issuing of Valuation Certificates
  • Responsible for the production of Valuation Roll and maintenance
  • Inspection of properties for amendments i.e. consolidation, subdivisions, omissions, new properties, improvements etc.
  • Publishing of Section 49 letters ( per MPRA) and reviews


This section is responsible for:

  • Housing Consumer Education whereby all uMhlathuze residents is educated or made aware about all issues that concern them. These could include education on water savings, issues of waste management etc.
  • Tenant Awareness Programmes - This program focuses on hostel tenants in the main and also involves educating tenants on a variety of issues that concern them.
  • Handling the issues pertaining to housing subsidies. This will include assisting tenants who want RDP houses, people who want to buy houses through financial institutions, applications related to acquiring a house and so forth.
  • National Housing Needs Register – Managing the National register for the City of uMhlathuze, a register recording details of people who require RDP houses.
  • Rental Housing Tribunal – This section assists in the issues of tenant landlord relationship, extending to resolving issues between the mentioned parties. The issues could extend to matters of payments/non-payments, ill-treatment of the other party and so forth.
  • Managing the Enhanced Extended Discount Benefit Scheme


Section is entrusted amongst others with the following responsibilities:

  • Development and review of public transport related policies;
  • Development and management of public transport / intermodal facilities;
  • liaison with public transport operators and other role-players;
  • Administering and processing of operating licenses applications;
  • Coordinate Council’s routine and periodical maintenance programmes; and
  • Promotion of Transportation Committees.


Land Use Management Section is responsible for Development Control and Building Management and control

Development Control

  • Handling and processing of Special Consent Applications
  • Handing and processing of Formal Authority Applications
  • Handling and processing of relaxation Building Line; Side and Rear Spaces Applications
  • Maintenance and Review of uMhlathuze Land Use Scheme

Building Management and Control

  • Building Plans Approvals
  • Excavation Inspections
  • Damp proof course inspections
  • Drainage inspection
  • Issuing of Occupation Certification

 Development Administration

  • uMhlathuze SPLUM Bylaw and Planning Applications

The uMhlathuze Spatial Planning and Land Use Management (SPLUM) Bylaw was adopted during 2017, and was reviewed during 2019.

The bylaw provides for:

-       the establishment of the Municipal Planning Approval Authority, Municipal Planning Appeal Authority and the Municipal Planning Enforcement Authority;

-       the adoption, repeal, review, extension and amendment of the Municipality’s land use scheme;

-       regulation and management of spatial and land use planning and development;

-       the categorisation of land development applications;

-       processes and procedures for land development applications;

-       appeals against decisions of the Municipal Planning Approval Authority;

-       offences, penalties and enforcement matters;

-       compensation and matters incidental thereto.

In terms of Section 27(1) of the Bylaw, planning applications are required for the following:

(a) application for an amendment of the land use scheme, including the zoning or rezoning of land;

(b) consent in terms of the land use scheme;

(c) the development of land that is situated outside the area of a land use scheme, if the development constitutes an activity contemplated in Item 3 of Schedule 2;

(d) the extension or replacement of a building on a property that is used for a purpose referred to in Item 3 of Schedule 2, notwithstanding that municipal planning approval was not required at the time that the use of the original building for that purpose commenced;

(e) the subdivision of land;

(f) township establishment;

(g) the consolidation of land;

(h) the notarial tying of adjacent properties;

(i) the permanent closure of a municipal road or a public place;

(j) the removal, amendment or suspension of a restrictive condition of title or a servitude;

(k) the correction of an error or non-material amendments, read with Sections 58(1) and 59(1) of this By-law, relating to an existing municipal planning approval granted in terms of this By-law or other legislation, deletion or addition of conditions in respect of an municipal planning existing approval granted or deemed to be granted in terms of this By-law;

(l) material amendments to or partial cancellation of a Municipal Planning Approval Authority’s decision on an application for municipal planning approval, or application for an Amending General Plan, read with Section 60A of this By-law;

(m) the approval of a land development application in phases;

(n) any land development activity in a traditional settlement area, excluding the erection of a household dwelling; and

(o) any other application provided for in this By-law.

The following documents aim to provide guidance to applicants in order to prepare and submit planning applications:

  1. Guideline Document - Schedule 5A application of the Bylaw - Applications in formalized areas 
  2. Guideline Document - Schedule 5B applications of the Bylaw -Applications in traditional settlement areas 
  3. The Pre-application checklist for documentation required
  4. Example of a planning motivation
  5. Example of a power of attorney
  6. Application Form
  7. Process flow Schedule 5A applications
    1. Pre-application 
    2. Schedule 5A applications 
    3. Schedule 5B applications 
    4. The Appeal Process 

Applications are also processed in terms of the Bylaw, read with relevant provisions of the uMhlathuze Land Use Scheme. Please refer to Online Tools for zoning mapping and Quick Menu for the uMhlathuze Land Use Scheme Regulations.

-           uMhlathuze Scheme Regulations Document 

-           uMhlathuze Zoning Mapping 


Mpho Mobeng
Tel: 0359075033
Fax: 0359075341
office: D313

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