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President Jacob Zuma, in his recent State of the Nation Address placed much emphasis on infrastructure development. Special mention was made of the rail corridor in Durban and further plans to integrate rail in other provinces as well. It was therefore timely, that over one hundred enthused planning students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the University of KwaZulu –Natal (UKZN) embarked on a train trip to KwaMashu for the Town Planning Student Orientation on one of Metro Rails finest trains, recently.

MILE supported the initiative, strengthening city university relationship.


Future guest lectures and upcoming Seminars

Informative presentations on development planning and rail transport were covered by the private sector’s Nathan Iyer from Iyer Design Studio and eThekwini Municipality’s Elizabeth Dubbeld.

 This event also provided a platform for practitioners and academia to engage. It was heartening to note that the presenters offered to follow up as guest lecturers on related issued linked to the central theme of transport planning. Seemingly, this event may also have a bearing on forth coming Built Environment Seminars linked to transport planning and its impact on the built environment.


“My first experience on a train” – Planning Student

For many of the students this was their first experience on a train. Avela Tabala, 23, a DUT student said, “This was my first experience on a train and I really enjoyed it! The presentations were also very interesting because I didn’t know the impact trains have on people and the magnitude of people that still use trains.”

UKZN student, Naledi Gumede, 22, admitted that is was her second experience on a train since she was 8 years old. She said, “I usually use other means of transport like a bus or taxi. From the presentations I learnt that planning is influenced by transportation, especially railway systems which are fixed so planners have to work around it, I found that very interesting and useful knowledge for a planner to have.”

MILE not only enhances the capacity of local government practitioners, but is also concerned about future generations to come. The City-University relationship demonstrates that if officials and academia work together, greater synergies can be achieved.



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