National Land Value Capture Programme

In 2020, DAG scaled up its work on Land Value Capture nationally through a tripartite partnership between DAG, National Treasury’s Cities Support Programme (CSP), and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (LiLP) to implement a multi-year National Land Value Capture Programme. Land value capture is a policy approach that enables communities to recover and reinvest land value increases that result from public investment and government actions. Land value capture is rooted in the notion that public action should generate public benefit.

The National LVC Programme, initiated in 2020, aims to strengthen the capability of metropolitan governments to efficiently implement innovative land value capture tools and strategies. The programme also seeks to build the capability of built environment practitioners, national and provincial governments, and civic organisations so that they can drive the institutional, regulatory, and procedural changes necessary to support the successful implementation of land value capture tools and strategies. These land value capture tools and strategies are essential if we are to enhance much needed municipal revenue streams for the improved delivery of municipal services and social investment. These enhanced revenue streams will also be key to realising both the spatial transformation and the just urban transition agendas.

In October 2022, the Western Cape provincial government approved and adopted an Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework. This is a major milestone that sets a policy basis for the implementation of an inclusionary housing policy by all Western Cape municipalities. On 27 June 2023, Stellenbosch Municipality approved their Inclusionary Zoning Policy.

What we do

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DAG shares and promotes learning between municipalities in the country through peer- to-peer learning platforms and multi-stakeholder dialogues. In these instances, municipalities are already grappling with specific land value capture related issues and programmes.

Community of Practice

DAG provides relevant, specialised training and support to local government officials and built environment professionals who are directly responsible for designing and implementing land value capture related tools and mechanisms in South Africa. This technical support is broadly comprised of advisory services, capacity building services and facilitation services.

Technical Support

13.4 National LVC Evidence-based Research

DAG documents evidence-based case studies and analyses research to promote improved understanding of land value capture in South Africa.

Evidence- Based Research


Sustained and grown a quarterly Inclusionary Housing Peer-to-Peer Learning Group for over four years, which brings together like-minded officials working on Inclusionary Housing and gives them a platform to support each other and engage in learning across metros. Since 2020 this platform has improved 134 officials’ knowledge and understanding on the role of land value capture tools in building inclusive South African cities.
Leveraged a host of local and international experts to provide tailored support to four South African cities and successfully contributed toward the adoption of land value capture tools in two policy development processes.
Created a portfolio of research, including legal reviews, case-studies, and documentation of institutional practice to set an evidence-base for land value capture policy initiatives in South Africa.

Most Significant Change Story

Government official attests to the impact of DAG’s convening work and technical support

A longstanding member of our Community of Practice Forums (Webinar Series and Inclusionary Housing Peer to peer learning group) who received tailored technical support at different times over the last 3 years has recently given us following feedback: “Working with DAG over the past few years has been a privilege. It is not always that partnerships between civil society and government are so useful (in my experience) but this is an exception. You have managed to find a great balance between pushing for policy change and supporting government officials to achieve it. I have found the technical engagements very useful, but also the networking (with other government organisations etc.) and softer support that you have provided over the years.”

This feedback affirms the programme’s innovative approach toward enabling systemic change by building the capacity of local government officials. Also noteworthy, is the fact that the multiple kinds of support are highlighted- the technical support, the convening services and ‘softer skills’. This affirms the project’s approach and way of working.

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