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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.

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 May 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 May 2018.