Welcome to The South African Planning Institute

The Institute is a voluntary organisation which seeks to promote planning as a discipline and the interests of the planning profession. It is made up of planners from all regions of South Africa, and from all sectors of planning, including the Public Sector, NGO's and CBO's, Private Consultants and Academics.

It provides the profession with profile, identity and a voice, and it functions as a forum for all people in planning to debate critical issues affecting planning and development. As a member of the Institute you will have access to the exclusive member's section which contains information about tenders, job opportunities, a library, updated information on planning and environmental legislation.



The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is proud to announce the 2016 SAPI Planning Awards that will be presented at the forthcoming 2016 Planning Africa Conference being held from 3 to 6 July 2016, in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Many planners working in both the public and private sector in South Africa continue to play an important role in shaping our built environment and promoting sustainable development. These planners need to be appreciated for their efforts and contributions in maintaining the integrity of good planning practice amidst competing development interest and challenging situations.

NC SAPI E-Newsletter_VOL 1_September 2015

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act was finally assented to by the president on 05 August 2013, andcame into force on 01 July 2015.
Whilst numerous laws have been passed since the advent of democracy, SPLUMA is certainly the most significant (after the 1996 Constitution) for the planning profession, and by extension, the country at large. For the first time since the dawn of democracy, we are
able to say we have overarching legislation which seeks to effectively deal with the future development of our country. Consecutive regimes from colonisation, slavery and apartheid contributed tremendously to the distorted settlement patterns in our country. Whilst ideologically we can claim to be living in a free society, the truth of the matter is the scars of segregated development are there for all to see.

WTPD Online Conference (4-6 November 2015) - Call for Abstract

Professional planners and allied professionals around the world will mark World Town
Planning Day 2015 with an international online conference on:
Housing Regeneration: Strengthening Communities
The role of citizen-led interventions related to community empowerment and delivering of
affordable housing in the regeneration of existent urban contexts: small scale, tactical
community – led and bottom up demand oriented development as catalysts of change
In a context where urbanisation and economic inequity economic disparities are increasing

Why Join SAPI

“SAPI is your organisation and enables you to:

  • Promote yourself as a member of a leading planning body and utilise the MSAPI (Member of SAPI) badge;
  • Be part of a knowledge sharing network by receiving key information via website and e-mail updates;
  • Receive a discount equivalent to your annual SAPI membership fees for the premier planning event in the South African calendar (Planning Africa conferences);

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Purpose & Aim

The purpose and aim of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is to enhance the art and science of sustainable local, regional and national human and physical development planning, and the theory and practise relating thereto:


  • to promote the profession of planning in South Africa;
  • to promote a high level of professionalism and ethical conduct in the broad interests


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