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City Planners Gather to Commemorate World Town Planning Day 2017
​In line with the City‘s Vision, eThekwini planners gathered at the Durban ICC from 6-8 November 2017, to critically assess Planner’s actual effectiveness in creating a caring and liveable city. The Conference saw about 120 City planners actively participating in the various sessions dealing with effective planning in the City.  

Planners were officially welcomed by EThekwini Municipality’s Head of the Development Planning, Environment and Management Unit, Mr Musa Mbhele. In his presentation Mbhele mentioned the pertinent role of planners and urged them to recommit themselves to the achievement of the City’s 2030 vision.

“As planners we have contributed to the vision of the City, more importantly we are tasked to drive the realization of the vision through service delivery. We are gathered here today to create ideas on contributing, influencing and addressing the key contemporary challenges in planning. It is vital for us to assess progress made, celebrate achievements and propose solutions to respond in support of 2030,”said Mr Musa Mbhele.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was Managing Director of Morfosis Advisory & Investments, Ms Yondela Silimela, who talked about defining a liveable City in the context of planning.

“We need to make a difference in the decisions and policies we make. We must act as planners, we must agitate and inspire those that don’t see the value in our profession. We must enable civil society and people outside the institution to launder our ideas,” emphasised Ms Silimela. 
Day two of the Conference featured a presentation by Ms Kira Erwin from the Durban University of Technology, Urban Futures Centre  who spoke about Migration & the Inclusive City​. In a world cafe setting, planners spent the afternoon unpacking planning challenges​. 
The final day of the Conference and the official World Town Planning Day, 8th November 2017, featured a message of support by eThekwini Municipality, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Fawzia Peer.
In her address, Cllr Peer challenged planners to take the leading role in presenting innovative ideas to move the City to achieve its goals
Highlights also included a presentation by University of KwaZulu-Natal, Head: School of Planning, Dr Koyi Mchunu who spoke about planning as a catalyst for radical change.
"The world is changing rapidly and planning is about transforming and creating a new normal," said Dr Koyi Mchunu.
Facilitated by MILE, the Conference provided a conducive learning platform for planners to appreciate their role in achieving the vision of the City. 

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Download Presentations below:


 Presentations: World Town Planning Day 2017

Day 1.1-Puven Akkiah.pdf
06/11/2017 15:44
Day 1.2-Helene Epstein.pdf
10/11/2017 11:16
Day 1.3-Development Planning.pdf
06/11/2017 15:45
Day 1.4-Human Settlements.pdf
06/11/2017 15:45
Day 1.5-Economic Development Unit.pdf
06/11/2017 15:45
Day 1.6-DPEM.pdf
06/11/2017 15:46
Day 1.7- ETA.pdf
06/11/2017 15:46
Day 2.1 World Cafe-Feedback.pdf
08/11/2017 09:40
Day 2.2-Kira Erwin.pdf
08/11/2017 09:41


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