Welcome to The South African Planning Institute

The Institute is a voluntary organisation which seeks to promote planning as a discipline and the interests of the planning profession. It is made up of planners from all regions of South Africa, and from all sectors of planning, including the Public Sector, NGO's and CBO's, Private Consultants and Academics.

It provides the profession with profile, identity and a voice, and it functions as a forum for all people in planning to debate critical issues affecting planning and development. As a member of the Institute you will have access to the exclusive member's section which contains information about tenders, job opportunities, a library, updated information on planning and environmental legislation.


Planning Africa 2016

Making Sense of the Future - Disruption and Reinvention
3-6 July 2016
Sandton Convention Centre

Discounted rates for SAPI Members and Early Bird Registrations!
Full Conference package include:
    Access to all plenaries and sub plenaries
    Delegate bag
    All tea/coffee and lunch breaks
    Welcome cocktail event :4 July 2016
    Gala Dinner:  5 July 2016
    Complementary parking at Sandton Convention Centre
Details on Technical Tours for 3 July to follow
Conference Programme will be placed on the Planning Africa Website in due course

The 2016 conference invites contributions under the themes of Making Sense of the Future- Disruption and Reinvention. Further details regarding sub themes are available on the Planning Africa website.
Sapi members, academics and experts are encouraged to register on the Planning Africa website and participate in reviewing the papers for conference.
Many planners, working in both the public and private sector in South Africa continue to play an important role in shaping our built environment and promoting sustainable development.  These planners need to be recognised for their efforts and contributions. Nomination forms and Award Categories are available on the Planning Africa  Website.

For queries please call SAPI office on:

011 655 7369 or email: info@planningafrica.org.za


SAPI 20 year Celebrations: Planning Africa 2016

 Dear Member,

 To kick off the 20th year commemoration SAPI is pleased to offer a special rate of R3000 for Planning Africa 2016 conference registration fee to 20 members in good standing.

 This offer is on a first come first serve basis to members that email: first name, surname, membership number and region to secretariat@sapi.org.za.

 This special 20th Anniversary offer provides full access to conference. Travel and accommodation for conference would the responsibility of the member.



In keeping with SAPI being a member driven organisation, the 20 year commemoration of SAPI, is reaching out to all members. You can make a difference through collective action – be part of the national voluntary organisation for planners in South Africa committed to promoting growth in the planning discipline, fair and ethical practice and spatial transformation for great places.


Where would you like to see SAPI in the next 20 years and what would you like to see on spatial and development planning in South Africa?


All members of SAPI are urged to provide their views. Please let us know before 20 June 2016 how you would like to see SAPI making a difference in the planning sector. Email your views to info@sapi.org.za


Free CAP Webinar on Urban Indicators

Please find attached details of a CAP webinar on urban indicators which is being broadcast live from the Caribbean Urban Forum on Friday 29 April. The event is free but places are limited so please register as soon as possible to guarantee a place. Full details are given on the attached fliers.


The South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is proud to announce the 2016 SAPI Planning Awards that will be presented at the forthcoming 2016 Planning Africa Conference being held from 3 to 6 July 2016, in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Many planners working in both the public and private sector in South Africa continue to play an important role in shaping our built environment and promoting sustainable development. These planners need to be appreciated for their efforts and contributions in maintaining the integrity of good planning practice amidst competing development interest and challenging situations.

Why Join SAPI

“SAPI is your organisation and enables you to:

  • Promote yourself as a member of a leading planning body and utilise the MSAPI (Member of SAPI) badge;
  • Be part of a knowledge sharing network by receiving key information via website and e-mail updates;
  • Receive a discount equivalent to your annual SAPI membership fees for the premier planning event in the South African calendar (Planning Africa conferences);

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Purpose & Aim

The purpose and aim of the South African Planning Institute (SAPI) is to enhance the art and science of sustainable local, regional and national human and physical development planning, and the theory and practise relating thereto:


  • to promote the profession of planning in South Africa;
  • to promote a high level of professionalism and ethical conduct in the broad interests


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