Featured Paper by Philip Farrant
The advent of Integrated Development Planning has constituted a major watershed for local authorities in a post-Apartheid South Africa. In relation to the amalgamation process as defined by the municipal structures act, Buffalo City Municipality confronted a serious (geographical) information management problem. While the area of jurisdiction has expanded to include vast rural areas, little base line information has been available to support planning activities. The focus on Integrated Development Planning to combat inequitable spatial distribution of resources and imbalances between supply and demand, stressed the need for relevant and updated data as well as methods to analyse and improve the situation.