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Welcome to Planning Africa 2018
SAPI is proud to announce a collaborative partnership with the Western Cape Province to deliver Planning Africa 2018. The 8th Planning Africa Conference will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 14-17 October 2018. The Western Cape is one of Africa’s leading travel destinations. Local partners supporting the conference are the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein Municipality, Stellenbosch Municipality and South African Local Government Association (SALGA). The conference will build on the outcomes of previous conferences relating to the role of planners and the value of planning in the development and growth of South Africa and the African continent more broadly.


The Young Planners Colloquium is a side event of Planning Africa Conference designed specifically for youth within the built environment profession to give their views on the “Making of Modern African Cities” while contemplating planning methods, tools and approaches.


The aims of the Colloquium are to:

              - Provide a platform for young planners to engage on the planning challenges in the Making of Modern African Cities

              - Create opportunities for young planners to engage with each other on contemporary planning debates

             - Develop youth views on innovative and creative ideas on planning interventions at local, city and regional scales, in response to critical developmental problems and challenges


The overall perspectives of youth on the Making of Modern African Cities will be presented to conference.


If you are under the age of 35 years, a planning student, a young professional, you need to participate in the Young Planners Colloquium.


Date: Sunday 14 October 2018

Venue: CTICC 2

Time: 7:30 to 17:00

 Click to register for the Young Planners Colloquium


 Registration fees for the Young Planners Colloquium is for the 14 October 2018 only.


R100: Students

R250: Non-students



Planning Africa is a platform for (re)thinking, discussing and envisaging the outcomes that planners desire for the future. The theme of the 2018 Planning Africa conference is “The Making of Modern African Cities”.

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?

Planning Africa 2018 is about grappling with the realities and teasing out the planning pathways generic to Africa and specific to a locality, and sharing ideas on how to realise “The Making of Modern Africa Cities”



South African planners in the public and private sector continue to play an important role in shaping the built environment and in promoting sustainable development. 

To recognise planning innovations and planners who maintain the integrity of good planning practices amidst competing development interests and challenges, SAPI invites you to submit nominations for the 2018 SAPI Planning Awards.

Nominations close on 31 July 2018.

The 2018 SAPI Planning Awards ceremony will be held during the Gala Dinner of the 2018 Planning Africa Conference being held from 14 to 17 October 2018, in Cape Town, Western Cape.




Planning Africa is the largest planning event on the African continent. It is attended by policy experts and practitioners from the sectors of planning, government and other professions.

Planning Africa aims to promote just and sustainable spatial development in South Africa and rest of the continent by providing a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and influencing the practice of planning. It also serves to inspire young planners.

SAPI invites organisations to submit a bid to host the 2020 Planning Africa Conference.

Bids for Planning Africa 2020 close on 31 August 2018.