uMngeni Local Municipality

Economic Development & Planning

About Economic Development & Planning

The Department of Economic Development and Planning through legislative requirements and sound municipal policy is committed to providing people focused, quality service and sustainable socio-economic development. This is achieved through the core functions that are as follows:
  • Environmental Management
  • Town Planning
  • Building Regulation
  • Local Economic Development
  • Integrated Development Planning

Economic Development & Tourism

The purpose of economic development unit is to build up economic capacity of uMngeni Local Municipality to improve its economic future and the quality of life for all its citizens. In order to achieve the aforesaid, the unit is entrusted with the implementation of the following programmes:
  • Investment Promotion and Marketing
  • Local Business Support & SMME Development
  • Tourism Development; and
  • Agricultural Development

Investment Promotion And Marketing

Description of The Activity
The unit is exploring ways to increase inward investment in skills and technology, property and sustainable development. As Economic Development and Growth Unit, we continuously promote ongoing investment and development through the provision of services at affordable competitive prices, efficient service and a safe and secure environment. Business permissions are tailored to the needs of the changing economy. Investment promotion is through the following:
  • Continuous implementation of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Programme
  • Ongoing identification of Greenfield development areas for investors
  • The maintenance of existing infrastructure
  • Effective information dissemination
  • Immediate service to potential investors and developers with respect to business permissions; and
  • Reliability and accessibility of existing services

Availability of Municipal Support Services

Setup Processes And Prevalence if Red-Tape
uMngeni has setup a centralized Economic Development and Growth Unit to facilitate one point of contact and to reduce the red tape for set-up processes. Prospective investors will also have direct access to the Executive Committee of the municipality to further expedite processes and ensure preferential access and processes for investors.
Financial Incentives & Other Forms of Government Support
There are a number of incentives available to business. At national level DTI offers incentives that could pay significantly towards cost.
Local incentives include an incentive package to prospective investors and marketing guidelines that are envisaged to encourage and stimulate investment in the area. It forms part of the effort to attract new investment as well as facilitate the expansion and retention of existing business and industries within uMngeni Local Municipality.

Land And Building

Land acquisition is central to the development of industrial areas. There are two approaches that uMngeni Local Municipality is willing to negotiate with prospective investors with regard to land acquisition.
  • Make land available at reasonable price, which may be lower than the market value; and/or
  • The Municipality rent the land to investors for a particular period of time (not exceeding 10 years) after which the lease would be negotiated or the land reallocated for other purposes.

Municipal Services

The services that uMngeni Local Municipality is willing to take into consideration when negotiating with investors are as follows:
  • Building Plans
  • Rates
  • Electricity; and
  • Buildings

Municipal Incentives

Building Plans
Refund of “Building Plan Approval” fees

Rates Rebates

First Year 100% rebate
Second Year 25% of annual rates payable
Third Year 50% of annual rates payable
Fourth Year 75% of annual rates payable
Fifth Year 100% of annual rates payable

Electricity Tarrifs

First Year ESKOM tariff levied against Council
Second Year ESKOM tariff levied against Council plus 25% of difference between ESKOM and Council
Third Year ESKOM tariff levied against Council plus 50% of difference between ESKOM and Council
Fourth Year ESKOM tariff levied against Council plus 75% of difference between ESKOM and Council
Fifth Year Council tariff

The Council may consider negotiating further concessions when:

Industrial Concessions

The investment is more than R100 million or where 2000 new employment opportunities will be created
The investment is regarded as a strategic project that will further broaden the economic base of uMngeni

Infrastructure, Regulatory Reform, Approval Processes

The Municipality will attempt to prioritize infrastructure concessions in relation to proposed industrial development. The concessions involve concerted effort by the local authority to remove or reduce constraining building and zoning that may deter potential business development. The Municipality is prepared to facilitate prompt decisions such as approval of building plans and assistance with rezoning applications.

Local Government Support Policy And Pro-Active Marketing Efforts

uMngeni Local Municipality is one of the most proactive and well respected municipalities in the country. The municipality takes an active role in regional, provincial, national and even international affairs, ensuring it is continually viewed as a preferred investment destination.