Pre-conference Technical Tours Sunday 14 October 2018

Tour 1 “Cape Town City to West Coast: The Ambitions and Contrasts of a Contemporary African Metropolis”

This tour is a journey through parts of Cape Town. Participants will be exposed to the major urban growth management challenging facing the City, including its Apartheid planning legacy, climate change, rapid urbanisation and the associated need to improve access to shelter, facilities and services, for the poor. The tour will include the following routes and sites:


  • Experiencing the MyCiti Bus Rapid Transit system along the West Coast urban growth corridor showcasing a cross section of Cape Town’s neighbourhoods and townships as well as the Koeberg Road activity route.
  • The tour will continue along the West Coast route to reveal insights into the planning and urban design of Du Noon, a dense and partially informal township, sandwiched between an industrial area and the N7 freeway.
  • Lunch stop will be at the Blauwberg Nature Reserve. The tour will continue towards the CBD along the beach front, featuring the iconic vistas of Table Mountain, harbour and Robben Island and impact of climate change to urban development on coastal developments.
  • Participants will view the Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), one of the City’s catalytic projects and inner city mixed use developments.
  • Thereafter the historic Main road and urban renewal areas of Salt River and Woodstock, will be viewed which have been remarkable in their recent transitions, with many buildings redeveloped as trendy apartments and arts and design hubs. This area has also been associated with gentrification and the pricing out of poor residents.
  • Finally, participants will visit District Six, a former inner-city cosmopolitan area, where more than 60,000 residents were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.


Departure and Return                                : Cape Town International Convention Centre

Tour Departs at                                              : 09h00

Duration of Tour                                            : Estimated 7 Hours

Cost of tour                                                     : R 1000


Tour 2 “A Tale of Diversity and Contradictions”

Explore the historic and contemporary patterns of developments and associated planning practices in the historic Drakenstein Valley of the Cape Winelands.

The area was originally inhabited by the Khoikhoi and San people. Paarl is the 3rd oldest town in South Africa established by the Dutch in 1687. The tour will include the following:

  •  Birds eye view of the stunning mountains, farms, Berg River, towns and hamlets from the Paarl Mountain, a landmark granite outcrop hosting the Afrikaans Language Monument.
  • Cruise along the on historic Paarl’s Main Road, the longest Main Road in South Africa, with its fine examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.
  • Paarl houses the headquarters of several large agricultural, manufacturing and financial corporates and some of the oldest schools in the country. The planning management of wine farms development along this celebrated road will be explained, based on a Town Farm Study Policy.
  • The tour will continue along Lady Grey Street through the Paarl CBD, for which Local Spatial Development Framework is currently being drafted;
  • The route will continue north along the Berg River Boulevard and past the new historic rail station, Provincial Hospital and Medi Clinic. The municipality will share its plans to upgrade the CBD and integrate the centre of Paarl with the Paarl East area.
  • The excursion will stop in Northern Paarl for lunch and some discussions on the views of participants.   The trip will continue to the other side of the Berg River, into the industrial areas, which follow the north south alignment of the river. Urban management issue relating to this important area of employment will be explored.
  • The tour will then proceed to Paarl East, including the residential areas of Dal Josaphat, Chicago; Groenheuwel; Dalvale; New Orleans; Fairyland and Klein Drakenstein. This is the primary area planned for people relocated from the CBD during the Apartheid era. The Municipality, in partnership with a Not for Profit Company (NPC), funded by German Development Bank has initiated the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) Programme. The project leader who will provide background information, which includes the Youth Lifestyle Centre, library and urban recreation park.
  • Moving to Paarl South, the route will cross the N1 to view the Bochenmeer, Pearl Valley Golf Estate and Val De Vie Estate. These gated estates are contentious in that are viewed as pristine, safe and secure living environments, while also regarded as exclusionary by others.
  • The last stop will be a to visit Drakenstein Correctional Centre just outside Paarl, where former President Nelson Mandela walked out a free man on 2nd February 1990, after being imprisoned for 27 years.   There will be a photo opportunity moment in front of the Madiba statue and a short tour of the Madiba House at the prison.

Departure and Return                : Cape Town International Convention Centre

Tour departs at                               : 09h00

Duration of Tour                            : Estimated 7 Hours

Cost of tour                                      : R1 000




Post Conference Deep Dive Sessions Thursday 18 October 2018

Participate in these exciting projects by registering for a post conference Deep Dive Session hosted by the Drakenstein and Stellenbosch municipalities.


Session 1 “Integration and Urban Regeneration: Paarl CBD and Surrounds”

Registration will grant you access to the project documents as it is being developed, with an opportunity to comment thereon, as progress is made.

The picturesque town of Paarl is in the Drakenstein Municipality of the Western Cape and has an estimated population of 191 000. The Paarl area was originally inhabited by the Khoi and San people, before the Europeans established this historic settlement in 1687. Located in the heartland of the Cape’s world-acclaimed wine industry Paarl has a vibrant CBD with advanced education, health, sport, business and transport facilities.  

However, Paarl is facing a wide range of development challenges and these include rapid urbanisation resulting in urban sprawl. A response to spatial, social and economic marginalisation of local communities from these opportunities.

The Drakenstein municipality is in process of preparing a Local Spatial Development Framework for the Paarl CBD, old rail station and surrounding marginalised areas such as Paarl East.  

Join the Town Planning Team of Drakenstein Municipality for this Deep Dive and engage with the challenges facing the Paarl CBD and Surrounds and explore solutions through consideration of the following activities:

  • Analysis and evaluation of problems constrains and opportunities.
  • Exploration of ideas, strategies, policies and guidelines.
  • Identification of supportive programmes, projects and other interventions.

Participants are invited to actively participate in this deep dive session, guided by a skilled facilitator and a panel of experienced professionals. The aim is to share local and international experiences, good practices and lessons through focussing on the conference sub-themes.

Departure and Return                : Cape Town International Convention Centre

Tour departs at                               : 08h00

Duration of Tour                            : Estimated 5 - 6 hours excluding travel

Cost of tour                                      : R1 000

Please wear comfortable shoes

Session 2 Gated Lifestyle and Golf Estates: Social Justice and Inclusion

Stellenbosch is a town in the Cape Winelands district. It is an iconic university town, typified by its diverse population, mountainous surroundings, colonial history, Cape Dutch architecture, cafes, boutiques, art galleries and oak-lined streets. The town however, is faced with a wide range of development challenges that characterises similar sized settlements. These include rapid levels of urbanisation, dominated by out-of-town ‘leapfrog’ developments that take the form of gated lifestyle and golf estates. These developments generally, reduce the available of land for farming and are affordable only for the wealthy, but more so exclude many local inhabitants and therefore reinforces economic, social and spatial segregation.

This deep dive session will engage with the challenges associated with the development of out-of-town, gated lifestyle and golf estates in rural areas in Stellenbosch and explore how the development principles and guidelines as set out in the UN Habitat’s SDGs and the IG UTP as well as South Africa’ NDP 2030, IUDF and SPLUMA can be realised.

Aim of Session

To explore alternative settlement design approaches for out-of-town settlements so that these forms of development can be more socially, economically and spatially inclusive and sustainable.

Framing Questions

  • What are the pre-conditions for mutually benefitting developmental outcomes for the private sector, local communities and the public sector?
  • Is it possible to achieve social, economic and social inclusion with out-of-town, gated lifestyle and golf estates?
  • How can innovative and creative planning, urban design and architectural solutions be employed to create out-of-town settlements that are socially, economically and spatially more inclusive and sustainable? What is the relevance of spatial restructuring to achieve the desired outcomes?
  • Are there lessons from older and smaller historic settlements, in terms of urban morphology and growth patterns in the Cape Winelands, that can be drawn upon?
  • How can affordable housing be provided in the context of the highly differentiated urban land and property markets?
  • How can sustainable and inclusive out-of-town settlements be designed, and their development translated into implementable and socially acceptable solutions?
  • What is the role of the public sector through planning, design and the leveraging of civic assets, such as land, building, transport and utility infrastructure, to achieve socially just and more equitable out-of-town settlements?

Participants will be encouraged to actively participate in this session, guided by a skilled facilitator and a panel of highly experienced professionals. The aim is to share local and international experiences, good practices and identify lessons from similar case studies.

Departure and Return                : Cape Town International Convention Centre

Tour departs at                               : 08h00

Duration of Tour                            : Estimated 5 -6 hours excluding travel

Cost of tour                                      : R1 000

Please wear comfortable shoes