From Left to Right: Mr Piet Van Zyl (1st President of SAPI), Ms Phekane Ramarumo (2nd President of SAPI), Ms Nthato Minyuku (current President of SAPI), Ms Christine Platt (4th President of SAPI, Honorary Vice President and Immediate Past President and former CEO CAP) and Mr Yusuf Patel (6th President of SAPI and Vice President of CAP)

Opening Session of Planning Africa 2016, three spheres of government with SAPI leaders

From L to R Mr Yusuf Patel (Past President of SAPI), Mr Paul Mashatile (MEC of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements Gauteng Province), Ms Nthato Minyuku (current President of SAPI), Mr Jeff Radebe (Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration) and Mr Parks Tau (Mayor of Johannesburg)

 Sapi presented with the Voluntary Association Certificate by SACPLAN in July 2016


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.


Planning Africa Conference 2018

SAPI proudly announces that registrations for the 8th Planning Africa Conference themed “The Making of Modern African Cities” are open at  

The conference will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 14-18 October 2018.

The theme ‘The Making the Modern African Cities’ is intended to drive debate towards meaningful solutions. The question to be answered is what exactly does ‘modern’ mean?  Is it a replication of other cities globally, or are there unique attributes to this term in the African context?  What should ‘modern’ look like when facing pressures such as resilience, right to the city, accommodation of informality, to name a few?

Sub-themes for conference papers are: Social Justice and the Right to the City, Inclusive and Transformative Growth, Sustainable and Resilient Cities, Sustainable Neighbourhoods and Place- making, Shelter and Meeting Basic Needs, Public Transport and Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Urban Management.

To submit an abstract, visit the Planning Africa Website The closing date for abstracts is 31 October 2017.

SAPI is seeking the participation of planners, members of the built environment and allied disciplines as well as academics to participate as peer reviewers to comment on abstracts and papers received.


Conference Invitation: Partnership for Action: Improving Land Governance and Management in Africa, 15 - 17 Aug 2017 - South Africa

The GLTN’s Urban Civil Society Organization Cluster, UN-Habitat and Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground campaign invite you to a multi-stakeholder regional conference on land governance and management in Pretoria, South Africa from 15 - 17 August 2017, titled Partnership for Action: Improving Land Governance and Management in Africa.

Call for Papers - Transit-Oriented Development @ 25

Journal of Planning Education and Research
Focus Issue Topic: Transit-Oriented Development @ 25
Peter Calthorpe’s book, The Next America Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream coined the term Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in 1993. 25 years later the term ‘TOD’ generates over 9 million hits on Google and 450,000 results on Google Scholar. This focus issue, both reflective and prospective, seeks articles that examine how the concept evolved and has affected the urban planning profession across the United States and the globe.

MUT and DHS 2017 National Conference

Attached, please find a call for papers for the 2017 National Human Settlements Conference.

Co-hosted by the SA Department of Human Settlements and Mangosuthu University of Technology, the conference will be held on 5 and 6 October in Durban, South Africa.

Sharing Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide

Attached, please find English and Portuguese copies of the document, Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide.

The Guide has been developed by Prof Stephen Berrisford (who has previously worked with AAPS in developing educational materials for African planning law courses) and the late Prof Patrick McAuslan.

Please read a short blurb below:

South Africa Planning Education Research (SAPER) Survey

The University of the Free State and The University of Birmingham (UK) were awarded a joint ESRC/NRF higher education grant in October of last year to study Urban Planning education in South Africa. As part of this project we are conducting a survey to assess to planning practioners views of the appropriateness, usefulness and impact of the current urban planning curriculum in South African Higher Education

Call for Mentors (LGSETA-SAPI Mentorship Programme)

SAPI invites interested and eligible Mentors to be part of the LGSETA-SAPI Mentorship Programme towards aiming at professional registration of the selected candidates as part of the LGSETA-Mentorship Programme. The programme is targeted to support Town Planning candidates to develop the necessary competencies required for their professional registration. Further details about background, requirements for mentors and submission process can be downloaded from the attached file.

1. Call for Mentors (LGSETA-SAPI Mentorship Programme)


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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