The RTPI's International Policy and Research Officer, Marion Frederiksen (pictured below, left), took time out from her holiday to speak to second year planning students at the University of Johannesburg on the importance of planning. Marion's presentation was very well received by the students who were keen to learn of the latest developments taking place in planning on a global scale. The University has a renowned department of regional and town planning. Marion also spoke with planning Masters students (pictured) at the University of Cape Town, which is accredited by the RTPI.
Next stop for Marion was a visit to the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) where she met Chief Executive Officer Cornelia van der Bank to discuss a range of issues, including the RTPI's document The Worldwide Value of Planning which celebrates the good that planners can do around the world.
The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is a voluntary organization which seeks to promote planning in society and to advance urban and regional planning as a profession. It is made up of planners from all regions of South Africa, and from all sectors, including the Public Sector, NGO’s, CBO’s, Private Consultants and Academics.
Cornelia (pictured, above right) briefed Marion on the latest developments in SAPI's 'Know Your Block' initiative. The ‘Know Your Block’ campaign recognises that everyone can make a difference, and that change can happen block by block. In building a better country we all have to start with our own neighbourhoods. The campaign is aimed at getting the South African public to become more aware of and appreciate their immediate living spaces as well as to consider their challenges and finding creative solutions.
The campaign includes a competition and various activities involving local communities, schools, tertiary institutions, government, business, ward committees, NGOs and CBOs to ensure greater awareness of planning practices and tools in South Africa and how it can be applied at a neighbourhood level in an exciting and fulfilling way.
Finally, Marion met with the planning academics at the University of Witswatersrand to discuss planning education and current planning in Johannesburg (pictured below).
Listen to RTPI International Chair Dr Peter Geraghty in a podcast discussing the worldwide value of planning.
Watch the Youtube video How do we plan our world?
Read more about the RTPI's international work or email the RTPI International Policy and Research Officer.
University of Johannesburg