Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of MPAC?

The purpose of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) is to strengthen the oversight arrangements in the municipality and to ensure the efficient and effective use of municipal resources.

What is the role of MPAC?

The Municipal Public Accounts Committee is established in terms of section 79 of the Municipal Structures Act. The Committee performs an oversight function and does not take decisions on the part of any other Committee established by the Council.

What is an SDF?

An Spatial Development Framework (SDF) is a framework that seeks to guide overall spatial distribution of current and desirable land uses within a municipality in order to give effect to the vision, goals and objectives of the municipal IDP.

There are three categories of municipalities in South Africa:

  • Category A: Metropolitan Municipalities
  • Category B: Local Municipalities
  • Category C: District Municipalities

Within these categories, there may be significantly different circumstances between municipalities across the country. Hence, a further set of subcategories have been developed for analytical and statistical purposes. These subcategories have been widely-used in assessments and previous policy initiatives by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG), National Treasury, the Municipal Demarcation Board and others.

For examples of how the subcategories are used, please see: