Introduction to the CKZNCCC

Following two USAID-funded exchange visits between the Durban and Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Hubs, Durban established the Central KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Compact (CKZNCCC) in February 2014. Modeled on the South East Florida Compact, this subnational Partnership is made up of a Metro municipality, District and Local Municipalities. All participating Municipalities agreed to formalize their participation by engaging in a process of having the Terms of Reference for the Compact partnership signed by their respective municipal councils. Compact members are not limited to just neighbouring municipalities, relevant national and provincial government departments and Local Government Associations participate in the partnership.

Establishing the CKZNCCC was cost-effective as travel distances are short and quarterly meetings are easily accommodated within compact members’ work schedules. The only costs incurred for each quarterly CKZNCCC meeting have been catering (each CKZNCCC member takes a turn to host the quarterly meeting) and pooled car travel to meeting venues. For cities of the Global South, adopting the Hub and Compact approach makes sense as limited resources are pooled in a cost-effective way to address shared challenges.

Institutional information

The following background documents are important for municipalities that would like to join the CKZNCCC. For more information and to join the compact contact Zama Khuzwayo at

  • Terms of Reference CKZNCC
  • Example of Report to council to approve the joining of a Compact – CKZNCCC example

Current CKZNCCC Members


  1. KwaDukuza Municipality
  2. uMshwathi Municipality
  3. Msunduzi Municipality
  4. EThekwini Municipality
  5. Mkambathini Municipality
  6. Hibiscus Coast Municipality
  7. Umhlathuze Municipality
  8. uMdoni Municipality
  9. Ilembe Municipality
  10. Harry Gwala Municipality
  11. uMgungundlovu Municipality
  12. uMngeni Municipality
  13. Ugu District Municipality
  14. uMzimkhulu Municipality
  15. uMzumbe Municipality
  16. Vulamehlo Municipality
  17. Ezinqoleni Municipality
  18. KwaSani Municipality
  19. Umuziwabantu Municipality

National Departments: 

  1. Department of Environmental Affairs

Provincial departments: 

  1. KZN Department of Agriculture
  2. KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs
  3. KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
  4. KZN Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Local Government Associations: 

  2. South African Local Government Association (SALGA) | South African 


1. ICLEI Africa

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading global network of over 1,500 cities, towns and regions committed​ to building​ a sustainable future. By helping the ICLEI Network to become sustainable,​ low-carbon, ecomobile, resilient, biodiverse, resource-efficient, healthy and happy, with a green economy and smart infrastructure, we impact over 25% of the global urban population. The Africa Secretariat, which is based in Cape Town, South Africa, has a total of 80 member local governments from 22 African countries.  The African Secretariat is also home to ICLEI’s flagship biodiversity programme and hosts the global ICLEI Cities Biodiversity Center ( For more information, visit the ICLEI Africa website.

2. Adaptation Network

The Adaptation Network focuses on climate change adaptation work. The Network brings together various representatives from NGO’s, private sectors and government to share practical approaches for climate change adaptation. The secretariat is housed by the Environmental Monitoring Group, based in Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape.  The Network’s ultimate vision is for ‘a resilient South Africa for all’, and it facilitates sharing of work done by researchers and community workers . Integration is one of the key goals of the Network, it seeks to promote sharing between experts, researchers, community and government. For more information, visit the Adaptation Network website.

Research/ consultants

  1. Urban Earth

Urban Earth is a sustainability consultancy based in Durban, South Africa.  Urban Earth’s main focus areas include sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change, and non-motorised transport. Clients include government, non-government organisations and the private sector. For more information, visit the Urban Earth website.

  1. UCCRN

The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) is a group of over 750 individuals dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective. They span a broad range of expertise including climate scientists; urban heat island and air quality experts; climate change impact scientists; social scientists, including political scientists, planners, and economists; and urban designers and planners. The network is designed to enhance cutting-edge scientific, economic, and planning-related research and to provide a platform for knowledge sharing among researchers and urban decision-makers, as well cities, states, development agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and other stakeholders about the impacts of climate change on cities. For more information, visit the UCCRN website.

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