Programme: Town and Regional Planning
The Department of Town and Regional Planning maintains strong relations with planning professions through its affiliation with the South African Planning Institute and the South African Council for Planners. Its strategic linkages provides a platform for engagement on local, national and global trends and promotion of research, teaching and learning.
The field of Town and Regional Planning includes land use planning, urban design, transport and infrastructure planning, use and extension of information technology, heritage and conservation, resource management, environmental monitoring, commercial and industrial development, policy making and implementation, planning law and practice. Town and Regional Planners plan and develop the infrastructure of towns and cities and are therefore key players as South Africa works towards improving spatial and social imbalances in urban and rural areas across the country.
A typical town and regional planning graduate is theoretically and technically well skilled to help communities, companies and governments to integrate the environmental, economic and social aspects of development. They are involved with land-use, working in a professional team to plan, design, implement and manage development. Town and Regional Planning graduates is able to conceptualize economic, sociological, geological, architectural, industrial and geographical and among other factors to bring about efficient functioning of a town or region.
Town and Regional Planning technicians and technologists work in the private and public sectors. The graduates from the department have been absorbed in employment with national, regional and local authorities as well as with consultants and developers. The graduates are skilled and competent in several areas of planning sector and are able to work independently and in a team environment in various planning sectors such as: land use planning and planning, development planning, urban renewal, property development and real estate, infrastructure planning and development, rural development, economic and social development and among other planning fields. Based on the adequate planning experience, a BTech graduate is able to register as a Professional Planner with SACPLAN.
Employment opportunities that exist across the town and regional planning sector and allied industries:
- Civil Service administrator
- Community development worker
- Environmental manager
- Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
- Housing manager/officer
- Landscape architect
- Local government officer
- Planning and development surveyor
- Sustainability consultant
- Town planner
- Transport planner
Head of Department: Dr Trynos Gumbo