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Officials thinking strategically to master the art of planning
SAPI and MILE members at the
Strategic Planning Master Class



Municipal officials put their strategic caps on recently, after MILE in partnership with the South African Planning Institute (SAPI), hosted its first Master Class series for 2011 at the Paradise Valley, Conference Centre from 27-28 January.

The Strategic Planning Master Class saw over 30 officials from municipalities around KwaZulu Natal, the private sector, parastatals such as Transnet and Umgeni Water and COGTA engaging and critically debating the role strategic planning plays in changing the lives of citizens.

The workshop allowed for officials to actively participate and share their experiences and good practices at their various municipalities. Officials from municipalities such as: Abaqulusi, e’Dumbe Municipality, Greater Kokstad Ezinqoleni, Umdoni uThungulu, Umtshezi among others from the private sectors participated in the two day workshop.

Lead Facilitator, Sogen Moodley kept the officials enthused by emphasising the importance of participatory planning and thinking strategically. The Deputy City Manager of Governance at eThekwini Municipality, Sipho Cele, Executive Engineer at eThekwini, Ken Breetzke, eThekwini senior managers, Puvendra Akkiah and Bongumusa Zondo were among the other thought leaders at the workshop.

Participants were pleased with the outcome of the master class and are keen to attend more in the future. Ms. Buyisiwe Jaca the senior manager of Strategic Planning and Development at Umdoni Municipality found the workshop useful and interactive.

“I would recommend that other planners attend future master classes, it is well worth the time spent,” said Ms. Jaca.
Vice President of SAPI Nthato Gobodo concluded the master class with words of encouragement for planners.

“This is a MILEstone for SAPI, the first master class for the year, it forms a bench mark for the content and it has forced SAPI to follow it up for future master classes. There are ongoing discussions pertaining to the workshop and it has put together a comprehensive voice for the planning profession. We are advocating on behalf of the profession, your voice is welcome,” said Gobodo. 

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