KwaZulu-Natal to deliberate on key planning issues to mark World Town Planning Day

In an effort to create liveable communities in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the Province will commemorate World Town Planning Day on 17 November 2015 at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities: Post 2015 Development Agenda’.

This annual celebration will run simultaneously with an exhibition where 20 stands are made available for Municipalities across KZN and various local town planning companies to showcase with their products.

The event is a joint initiative between the KZN Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, eThekwini Municipality and South African Planning Institute (SAPI) to encourage all planners to elevate key planning practices.

Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala who chairs the Economic Development and Planning Committee said the platform will allow knowledge sharing and engagement on contemporary issues of global development agenda.

“This will assist to explore planning implications, share key policy directives and insights on matters of urban management and regenerations,” she said.

Shabalala described the platform as an appropriate stage to empower planners because cities inevitably expand, growing both in size and in population. “This will serve as a great podium for planners to deliberate on necessities for transition into a better planned and better managed environment and explore options of planning to become a key driver in the new development agenda,” she said.

During the conference, KZN-COGTA will present fundamental developments of the Integrated Development Planning and honour municipalities that have performed well.

Mayors across 61 municipalities in KZN are expected to attend the gathering including town planners, SAPI membership holders, KZN government departments, local universities, planning schools, field experts and individuals who work in private and public sector in various fields of planning. Shabalala said the delegates will be celebrating the collective ability as a global community to shape the places they live in.

The conference will highlight the achievements the sector has made, since 2015 marks the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDG is a common 15-years agenda that was established in year 2000 to drive the progress in several important areas including income, poverty, access to improved sources of water and child mortality, access to education improved health services and other areas.

The conference is also expected to adopt the Draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards the 2030 vision that will also highlight its alignment with the Integrated Development Plan. Delegates will also discuss transition of municipalities from MDGs to the SGDs and elaborate on the localisation SDGs.