The intention of this work is to analyse the performance of the theory and the practice of integrated development planning by Cape Town’s local government in two Townships named Nyanga and Philippi between 1999 and 2001. Since then the local government aimed to supply a planning approach that is of an integrative nature, opposed to the disintegrative one during Apartheid before 1994. South Africa’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP)is responsible for socio-economic development but significantly affects and considers spatial planning too. Between 1999 and 2001 the five selected project cases along the Ingulube Drive in Nyanga and Philippi under the umbrella of the Dignified Places Programme have been implemented. The focus has been on three aspects. These are the consideration of the local culture in the planning, the participation of the community during the process and the long-term sustainability of the project after its completion. This in relation to the soft and hard performance indicators of the local government’s integrated approach by considering planning aspects of the political, spatial and socio-economic dimension.