The Built Environment Performance Plan (BEPP) aims to achieve an alignment between various built environment grants assigned to the municipal space, together with enhancing the capital planning and implementation of targeted urban investment. One of the key processes within the BEPP includes the annual capital expenditure planning and budgeting process, which is facilitated by means of the City of Tshwane Capital Planning System (CAPS) – a configured and rebranded version of the Novus3 Capital Planning Prioritisation Performance system (CP3).
During 2019/20 National Treasury announced the termination of the BEPP. In light of this, the City will be submitting the last BEPP for the 2020/21 financial year with a particular focus on establishing a transitioning out of BEPP framework. This is to ensure that institutional and planning reforms identified through the process of the BEPP strengthens the range of plans with specific reference to the SDF; IDP and the annual budgeting process.
The key highlights of the 2020/2021 BEPP include:
- The current alignment of the BEPP to municipal process, together with promoting intergovernmental planning which aligns to the Inter-Governmental Framework Act (IGRFA) and the District Coordination Model declared by The President of the Republic of South Africa;
- Determining a Theory of Change which guides the City’s various planning and budgeting processes through the establishment of a desired set of long-term goals and strategies;
- Instituting a transition out of BEPP framework and a detailed work plan to guide the annual IDP and budgeting process. This ensures the actioning of BEPP principles through existing legislated processes followed within the City;
- An innovative approach to the establishment of a spatial planning and targeting profile of the City. This includes a clear understanding of the current spatial structuring matrix; priority development areas (PDA’s) and the alignment of human settlement (housing) together with transport planning and investment initiatives;
- How the City is aligning its capital expenditure with respect to the Urban Network Structure, Priority Investment Areas, MSDF Nodal and Corridor programmes and catalytic land development programmes;
- The inclusion of a Long-Term Financing Strategy and Model to allow for sustainable resourcing of capital investment;
- Determining affordable funding envelopes spanning over a 10-year period and understanding the City’s capital demand in line with sustainable investment principles; and
- How the City has matured in the institutional process through the establishment of the capital budget and BEPP-related steering committees and task teams;
By utilising the true potential of CP3-CaPS, through institutional wide buy-in of the software as a service, it was possible to effectively navigate the budgeting and planning cycle.
This empowered the City to respond successfully to the 2020/21 BEPP Framework as established by National Treasury.