Planning Africa Conferences

Planning Africa Conferences

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 built environment professions. Each conference has attracted an average of 500 delegates.

The Planning Africa Conference is held over 3 days with plenary sessions covering topical issues by experts as well as parallel sessions where conference papers produced by planners, academics and students are deliberated on, with an additional optional one or two days dedicated to technical tours These Technical tours to view planning in practice are arranged for conference delegates by co-hosts (provincial government and municipalities) as value add-on for conference delegates.

The “user-driven” bottom up approach makes Planning Africa a unique conferencing platform in the sector.

The Planning Africa Conference is owned by the South African Planning Institute (SAPI). SAPI has successfully organised and hosted eight (8) Planning Africa Conferences. 


City and Province

Conference Theme


Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

“Regenerating Africa through Planning”


Cape Town, Western Cape

“Making the Connections”


Johannesburg, Gauteng

“Shaping the Future”


Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

“Beyond Crisis—Opportunities and Actions”


Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

“Growth, Democracy and Inclusion – Navigating Contested Futures”


Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal

“Making Great Places”


Johannesburg, Gauteng

“Making Sense of the Future: Disruption and Reinvention”


Cape Town, Western Cape

“The Making of Modern African Cities”

Click here to Bid to host Planning Africa Conference (link to SAPI website)

Interested parties are invited to bid to host Planning Africa Conference

Potential Host institutions need to fulfil the following requirements

  • The Bidder must have a firm foothold in planning.
  • The planning practices conducted by Bidder must be clarified for an assessment to be made regarding the value to delegates by way of tours and host participation in conference organising
  • The local potential venues for conference must be detailed with costs
  • The local accommodation and transport range must also be detailed with costs
  • Submission of a detailed and compelling motivation on why SAPI should organise Planning Africa in the locality recommended and why should SAPI partner with the Host
  • Motivation on what the added value the institution brings to SAPI and to Planning Africa
  • Details of funding commitments for conference from the Host
  • Written and signed commitments on support for the bid, resolutions from the Host Institution and supporting documents from any third parties supporting the bid.

Motivation by prospective host must cover:

  • Full costs of venues including, health & safety, emergency and security measures, all audio visual and other logistical arrangements needed for a successful conference such as catering and transport.
  • Costs of international speakers and travel and accommodation of key note speakers
  • Assurance of a minimum of 500 delegates
  • Negotiations with local accommodation outlets for delegates
  • Technical tours displaying planning instruments and tools