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Gauteng hosts Planning Africa Conference 2016

The Gauteng city region, in partnership with the South African Planning Institute (SAPI), will host the 7th Planning Africa Conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from Monday to Wednesday.

The SAPI is a voluntary organisation of professional planners established in 1996.

“The organisation promotes urban and regional planning as a discipline and the interests of the planning profession. It is made up of urban and regional planners from all regions of South Africa and from all sectors of planning, including the public sector, NGOs and CBOs, private consultants, and academics,” said the Gauteng provincial government in a statement.

The theme of the conference is “Making sense of the future: Disruption and reinvention”. It aims to discuss planning problems nationally and internationally, and to promote sustainable spatial development in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

The role of technology and innovation in planning is one of the main highlights of the conference.

The provincial government said the conference comes at a time when the Gauteng city region “is taking radical steps” to transform the spatial configuration and landscape of the province through better and co-ordinated land use management and spatial development.

Speakers at the conference include Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, also on Wednesday, and Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and Deputy Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Andries Nel, both on Monday.

Gauteng human settlements and co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Paul Mashatile will also address the conference on Monday.

Premier David Makhura will deliver closing remarks on Wednesday on “The case of building a city region in Gauteng”. In this session mayors of the city region will share progress on building the city region.

Source – TheSouthAfrica

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