LEDPARD Office

Local Economic Development, Planning and Rural Development

The Local Economic Development, Planning and Rural Development came into existence through the fusion of two Municipal Standing Committees, which are LED Standing Committee and the Human Settlements and Disaster Management Standing Committee.
This resulted in the department being led by two Political Heads, which are:

  • Councillor Pula E -Portfolio Head for Local Economic Development and
  • Councillor Sigwili NE-Portfolio Head for Human Settlements and Disaster Management

Administratively, the department is led by Mr Z. Zipete who is the Director for Local Economic Development, Planning and Rural Development (LEPARD). The department has two Deputy Directors, one responsible for Local Economic Development and the other responsible for Human settlements and Disaster Management.
The two are:

  • Mr. Malibongwe Nqeketo – Deputy Director for Local Economic Development and
  • Mr. Lungile Keto - Deputy Director for Human Settlements and Disaster Management, a registered Professional Town and Regional Planner
Local Economic Development, Planning and Rural Development Office has the following key performance areas
Local Economic Development
  • Agricultural Development - Siyazenzela Agricultural Participation Programme (SAGRIPP)
  • Tourism Development- Mhlontlo Tourism Programme (MTOURP)
  • SMME Development – Mhlontlo Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)
  • Rural Development
  • Trade and Investment Promotion
Human settlements and Disaster Management
  • Spatial Planning
  • Land Use Management
  • Human Settlement Planning
  • Building Inspectorate
  • Housing Beneficiary administration