Kouga local municipality
Tel:+27 (0)42 200 2200
All-hours Emergency:+27 (0)42 291 0250
Alternative Number:+27 (0)42 200 8330

Director: Planning and Development Permanent Employment Contract

Closing date:
22 May 2024





       REFERENCE NO: 104/2024


The Kouga Local Municipality hereby invites applications from suitably qualified persons for appointment in the following key vacancy:


Director: Planning and Development

Permanent Employment Contract


SALARY: An all-inclusive package ranging from R 1 103 033, R 1 297 685, to R 1 492 337 per annum is payable in line with Government Gazette No. 47538 dated 18 November 2022, Local Government: Municipal Systems Act (32/2000): Total remuneration packages payable to Municipal Managers and Managers directly accountable to Municipal Managers, subject to the signing of a performance contract, a performance agreement and declaration of financial interests.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Relevant NQF level 8 qualification;
  • Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience at senior and middle management level, of which at least two (2) years must be at senior management level;
  • Have proven successful Developmental/Town and Regional planning experience;
  • Excellent facilitation and communication skills in at least two of the three official languages of Kouga Area of jurisdiction;
  • Certificate in Municipal Finance Management or Certificate Program in Municipal Development (CPMD) in line with the Minimum regulations on competency levels of 2007 or achievement thereof within the prescribed timeframe;
  • A Valid Code 8 Driver’s License and own transport;
  • Added advantage: Project Management Certificate or Diploma and Registration as a Professional Planner in accordance with the Planning Professions Act, 2002, (Act No. 36 of 2002);




  • Good knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and legislation
  • Good knowledge and understanding of institutional governance systems and performance management
  • Good knowledge of Supply Chain Management regulations and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 2000 (Act No. 5 of 2000)
  • Knowledge of geographical information systems and
  • Knowledge of spatial, town and development planning
  • Budget and finance management
  • Innovative and strategic leader.
  • Good facilitation and communication skills
  • Must demonstrate experience in management of a substantial staff complement and significant budget in a regulated environment, knowledge of MFMA, in pursuing promotion of local economic development.




  • The incumbent must have strong strategic management expertise.
  • Candidates will, in addition, be required to demonstrate a practical understanding of the constitutional, legislative and policy frameworks governing the local sphere of government and, in particular, the responsibilities of a senior manager in terms of the Municipal Systems Act (No. 32 of 2000) and Municipal Finance Management Act (No. 56 of 2003).



  • Management of the entire Planning & Development, Department which includes but may not be limited to Town & Regional Planning, Human Settlements, Land & Property Administration and Building Control;
  • Compile and manage the Directorate’s annual Capital and Operational Budgets;
  • Provision of GIS support and analysis and the undertaking of specific GIS related projects and initiatives;
  • Management, maintenance and implementation of the municipal multi-disciplinary sustainable human settlement policy and framework;
  • Co-ordinate the integration of the multi-sectorial and inter-sphere processes and demands relating to the delivery of sustainable human settlements;
  • Co-ordination of housing functions in line with the Provincial and National policies, on behalf of the Provincial Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing;
  • Developing and implementing strategies to meet the departments strategic objectives;
  • Establishing and managing contractual and other relationships with government departments, service providers, organised business and other stakeholder bodies, to ensure sustainability of projects.

All applications must be submitted with a detailed CV, certified copies of qualifications, certified identity document, certified driver’s license and the names of three references (with their e-mail addresses) from current and previous employers and a fully completed application form, as available from the municipal website, www.kouga.gov.za , and applications must also be submitted electronically as one PDF document to recruitment@kouga.gov.za.    Administrative enquiries may be directed to Mrs. J. Thomas at telephone no: 042 200 2200.

Applications must reach recruitment@kouga.gov.za on or before Wednesday, 22 May 2024 at 12:00.




Please note that the following can lead to disqualification:


  1. Non-submission of originally certified copies of academic records.
  2. Canvassing of councillors.
  3. Submission of fraudulent qualifications and/ or documents.


NB: Please note that shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a vetting process. By applying for this position, the candidates agree to background checks being performed.


The Municipality reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Applicant must be willing to relocate to the Kouga Area.


Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date, kindly regard your application as being unsuccessful.


Kouga Municipality is an equal opportunity employer which subscribes to the principle of affirmative action, which is non-sexist, non-racist, non-discriminatory and based on merit.







MR. C DU PLESSIS                                                                                P. O. BOX 21                                        

MUNICIPAL MANAGER                                                                        JEFFREYS BAY