Development Planning rocked by burglaries and vandalism of computers

Development Planning rocked by burglaries and vandalism of computers days apart
25 January 2022

MMC Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku, has expressed her deep shock and disappointment at the burglaries that have occurred at Development Planning offices.

Read more here: BDM Burglaries

City’s online building application system limited to technical professionals
12 January 2022

The MMC for Development Planning, Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku, urges accredited architectural professionals to continue to register on the City’s building plan application online platform, as the Department migrates to a digital platform.

The Construction Permit Management System (CPMS), which is currently being piloted, is the City of Joburg’s latest digital solution, specifically designed to optimise its construction permitting processes. It seeks to enhance the operational efficiency and good governance of Development Planning, and aligns with Joburg’s Smart City programme.

Read more here: CPMS Technical Issues

The platform can be accessed using the following link:

For more information on the portal, architectural professionals can contact the following individuals:

Sibusiso John Nkosi
Cell: 083 702 7733

Pontso Moherane
Cell: 078 687 4727

The Golden Start

The new Mayoral Committee presented their strategies for the City of Joburg;
The 7 Mayoral priorities will be

  1. A City that gets the basics right
  2. A Business-friendly City
  3. A Safe & Secure City
  4. A Caring City
  5. A Smart City
  6. A Well Run City
  7. An Inclusive City

The new MMCs responsible for delivering on these priorities are;

Executive Mayor: Cllr Mpho Phalatse
Finance: Cllr Julie Suddaby
Group Corporate and Shared Services: Cllr Leah Knott
Transport: Cllr Funzela Ngobeni
Development Planning: Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku
Housing: Cllr Mlungisi Providence Mabaso
Economic Development: Cllr Nkuli Mbundu
Health and Social Development: Cllr Franco De Lange
Community Development: Cllr Ronald Winston Harris
Environment and Infrastructure Service Delivery: Cllr Michael Sun
Public Safety: Cllr David Thembe

Watch the full presentation (via COJ Facebook) made by Executive Mayor Phalatse on Wednesday 12 January 2022.

In the press:

City of Johannesburg announces ambitious service delivery plans – The Citizen

Executive Mayor, Mpho Phalatse spoke with eNCA’s Sally Burdett about her future plans – eNCA Courtesy of #DStv403

Survey: Water Use Efficiency and Water Safety in buildings

The Water Research Commission is conducting a 2 year study titled: “Supporting the development of standards for water use efficiency and water safety in buildings”

The Project aims are:
1) To identify gaps in the current legislation governing water use efficiency, water supply and water safety in various building types,

2) To conduct an assessment of current water use efficiency, water supply and water safety practices in various building types throughout South Africa,

3) To generate data sets, benchmarks, and guidelines that will lead to subsequent development of national standards for water use efficiency, water supply and water safety in buildings.

Please can you assist the project team to complete item 2 by providing information on your water supply network by filling in the Google Form HERE. The final submission date is 31st January 2022.

WRC thank you for your participation in this project and will provide a summary of results to all responders once the project is completed.

If you have any queries please contact: or

Certificates of Occupation Reinstated

At the end of 2021, the Department of Development Planning issued a notice regarding the temporary halt on the issuance of Certificates of Occupation and Temporary Occupation due to concerns of irregular issuances.

Stakeholder Letter – Certificates of Occupation

On 29 December 2021, the MMC for Development Planning, Cllr Belinda Echeozonjoku, lifted the temporary halt on the issuance of certificates of occupancy (CoO) and temporary occupation, with effect from Monday, 3 January 2022, as she was satisfied with the corrective measures put in place by the department, which will prevent fraudulent CoOs from being issued.

Reinstatement of OCs – 29 December 2021