02 NOVEMBER 2017
EThekwini Municipality to Host World Town Planning Day Conference
To create awareness of the importance of effective planning in communities, eThekwini Municipality will be hosting a three-day World Town Planning Day Conference, from 6 to 8 November at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.
The Conference, which will be hosted under the theme: “Creating a caring and liveable City”, is aimed at advancing understanding and awareness of planning for eThekwini residents and across all levels of government.
The session is a platform to assess effectiveness of town planning in creating a liveable City and to explore new approaches and best practices of development planning.
The first two days of the Conference will feature a workshop seminar to tackle critical planning matters. These include resilience, mobility planning, inclusivity, urbanisation, densification and safer cities. The third and final day of the Conference will feature an exhibition and create an environment to share new innovative planning practices from the City that people can learn from.
Acclaimed international speakers and experts on Town Planning will be in attendance to share with planners their expertise on the ultimate role of in promoting a balance of environmental, social and economic welfare that meets the needs of current and future generations.
EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said it is exciting for the Municipality to be hosting an event of this magnitude. She said the Conference will allow knowledge sharing that will help City planners to develop smarter policies to further increase opportunities for economic growth.
She said with the increasing population levels in the City, there is high demand for services and resources. “This platform will provide a better way to address a range of issues from managing urban expansion and congestion to fostering competitiveness, innovation, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.”
The Conference will end with an award ceremony for the person or group that presents the best model or the design of a caring and liveable city.
Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the conference scheduled as follows:
VENUE : Durban ICC
DATE : 06 – 08 November 2017
TIME : 08h00 – 16h00
For more information on the World Town Planning Day Conference contact Rayven Moodley on 031 311 2695 or email:
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
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