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.


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


PhD and MPhil Scholarship opportunities_KNUST

Admission of Candidates into Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Planning and Development Studies

In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme (Strengthening Capacities for Land Governance in Africa)

Funded by
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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)

20 Year Reflections

The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) was formed on 1 July 1996 through the amalgamation of the South African Institute of Town and Regional Planners (SAITRP) and the Development Planning Association of South Africa (DPASA).
This reflection of the 20 year journey taken by the leaders and members of SAPI is a tribute to the seless eorts made to build an independent and connected organisation.

Gauteng City Region Brief

Following the first South Africa democratic elections in 1994 the Gauteng province has taken steps to better organise itself to govern and administer the changing and growing cosmopolitan society. It was the only province in South Africa to develop and implement an economic strategy immediately after 1994 to leverage off the existing manufacturing base and to diversify economic activity in the province to include the information communications technology sector.

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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