Stephanus Minnie currently holds the position Free State Provincial Director responsible for Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Services in the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. He holds a BSc Hons degree in Geographic Information Science and is registered as a Professional GISc Practitioner with the South African Geomatics Council.
His current responsibilities are the facilitation of the implementation and monitoring of the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 and Spatial Planning Support services in the Department.
Under his leadership, twelve municipal spatial development frameworks, one provincial spatial development framework and nineteen spatial planning and land use management by-laws were developed for the Free State province. He is also the Technical Team Lead for the First Regional Spatial Development Framework being drafted currently, the Karoo RSDF.
Drawing from his engineering background he had a unique approach by leading Free State to be the first province where the local municipalities have included electronic lodgment of development applications as a mandatory requirement for any development proposed. This proved that the smart city concept can be rolled out in small municipalities where specific focus on enabling people through technology to improve their quality of life on the one hand, and on the other supporting local governments to provide more efficient, effective and economical services are a realistic solution for the Rural South African municipal space. The legislating of the spatial planning categories furthermore provided for a methodological approach to enable all sector departments and related functions to be included but also to enable vertical and horizontal alignment of spatial planning through defining the roles of each in the spatial development frameworks to ensure the alignment of strategic intent of each.