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A Sustainability Model for a Municipal Entity

Version 1 : Received: 21 July 2023 / Approved: 21 July 2023 / Online: 24 July 2023 (10:38:35 CEST)

How to cite: Brink, F. W.; Singh, S. A Sustainability Model for a Municipal Entity. Preprints 2023, 2023071554. Brink, F. W.; Singh, S. A Sustainability Model for a Municipal Entity. Preprints 2023, 2023071554.


The main purpose is to create a model for managing sustainability in the metro and its entities in Gauteng. Within this context, the study will focus on the issue of measures, outcomes, and impacts in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). The study will clarify a public sector application in municipal entities of the CoJ because sustainability is not well understood or used in the public sector. This article investigates the sustainability phenomena in a metropolitan setting, including the CoJ and its municipal entities. The purpose is rather two-fold. A focus group discussion was held with CoJ senior executive managers to provide feedback on the sustainability model. The information and insights were used to refine the sustainability model to manage sustainability in Coj and its enti-ties. The data was analysed using thematic analysis to refine the sustainability model. The re-sults indicated that sustainability is a function of having a shared understanding of sustainabil-ity, the ability to mainstream and integrate sustainability thinking into all programmes and ac-tivities, leadership commitment, requisite competencies, and monitoring and evaluation of sus-tainability. The implication for leadership is to ensure the alignment of sustainability to the strategic objec-tives of CoJ and to foreground any planning in CoJ with a sustainability lens. Achieving this focus requires a shared understanding, development of competencies, committed leadership to imple-ment measurement and impact framework, and adjusting plans based on monitoring and evalua-tion outcomes.


Sustainability; model; municipal entities, City of Johannesburg, entity.


Business, Economics and Management, Other

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