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.
20 years seems like a long time but it is rather short in the context of building a new organisation during a momentous period in South Africa, a period when the country was making a transition from apartheid to democracy.

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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