The Cities Support Programme (CSP) of National Treasury (NT) has entered into an agreement with the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) since 2019 to provide technical support for a township economy development (TED) project in Thembisa. The three-year TED project aims to strengthen the capacity of the CoE to strategise, plan, fund, implement and monitor TED projects. The project commenced in February 2020 and will operate until March 2023.

The current document presents the TED strategy for Thembisa. The CSP provided the CoE with a technical assistance team made up of multiple professionals with specialist knowledge and expertise of township economic development, as well as human centred and spatialised project planning. The technical assistance team has collaborated with the CoE and relevant departments indicated in the specific projects to develop the TED strategy for Thembisa. The process of formulating the strategy has been thoroughly consultative, with multiple engagements held with City officials and members of the Thembisa community.

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