From the editor
Although the practice of developing towns and cities can be traced far back in history, the profession of Town and Regional Planning is relatively young, in comparison with other professional fields, such as medicine and agriculture. In South Africa, the profession initially also developed from the physical sciences, and postgraduate training for architects, engineers and land-surveyors was ottered. As a result of world-wide changes, the profession came to the realisation that the human and economic sciences also played a significant role. Thus, the door was opened for the multi-disciplinary approach, in terms of which persons with training in geography, sociology, economics or other related fields gained entry to the profession. In 1967, the Physical Planning Act (Act No. 88) was promulgated, and the profession grew from strength to strength.
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