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

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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