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EThekwini clinches IDP award at World Town Planners Day
Planners from across KwaZulu-Natal gathered at the iconic Durban ICC today, to celebrate World Town Planning Day.
Hosted by eThekwini Municipality in partnership with Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the South African Planning Institute (SAPI), the seminar provided the ideal platform for planners to share knowledge and discuss contemporary issues on the global development agenda and its impact on planning.
The theme for the celebration was Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities: Post 2015 Development Agenda. The thematic areas that were explored included the Global Development Agenda (SDGs and COP 21), Urban Management and Planning Policy and Implementation Frameworks.
The official welcome was done by eThekwini Municipality Mayor, Cllr James Nxumalo who highlighted the purpose of this event and the importance of knowledge sharing platforms like this to build capacity within eThekwini and local government at large. 
Frikkie Brooks, Acting DG, Office of the Premier, mentioned the pertinent role planners have in terms of the SDGs and the implication of the SDGs to planning. He spoke about aligning city strategic plans with the SDGs.
During her keynote address KZN COGTA, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube emphasised the crucial task planners have in changing the landscape of planning within South Africa.
“As we celebrate World Town Planning Day, we do have a challenge to think out of the box about actions that we did not think about before. Through innovation and integration due to the calibre of planners, we can make a positive difference within the planning sector. This gathering will culminate into tangible ideas to tackle existing challenges. ‪‎World Town Planning Day‬ highlights the important role of ‪planners‬ in preparing the future to create liveable cities for citizens throughout South Africa,” said MEC Dube.
The session also highlighted key developments within the field of Planning. Through an award ceremony which recognises excellence in municipalities that have obtained the most credible IDPs for the 2015/2016 financial year, achievement from students in Planning Schools as well as recognition of the role of Planners at Provincial & Local Government.
During the awards ceremony eThekwini Municipality won an award for most credible Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for 8 consecutive years.
In session two of the seminar, planners unpacked the SDGs with a moderated panel discussion. This provided an opportunity for participants to address localising SDGs while thinking globally.
World Town Planning Day saw hundreds of planners come together, motivated to contribute towards implementing and  achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
A detailed Learning Note will be posted soon.

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SDGs-What Local Governments Need to Know.pdfSDGs-What Local Governments Need to Know.pdf

World Planning Day Programme.pdfWorld Planning Day Programme.pdf 

SALGA on localising post 2015 dev agenda .pdfSALGA on localising post 2015 dev agenda .pdf

Frikkie Brooks.pdfFrikkie Brooks.pdf 

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