Town and Regional Planning 2020-09-10T13:02:00+02:00 Prof. Malene Campbell Open Journal Systems <!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --> <p><em>Town and Regional Planning</em>&nbsp;is a South African accredited journal for independently adjudicated research articles on applicable topics in town, urban and regional planning.</p> Future, change and choices by Peter Robinson 2020-09-10T12:55:51+02:00 Verna Nel <p>In a country where skills and resources are limited, but the needs are immense, strategic planning and decision-making are essential to make the most of the available resources. This lies at the heart of the South African concept of Integrated Development Planning. While much attention is paid to the necessity of strategic planning, far less has been mentioned of the process, methods and techniques involved, particularly as applied to urban and regional planning. Peter Robinson’s book, Future, change and choice, competently fills this gap. The book is founded on many years of practical experience as a consultant and educator at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2010 From the editor 2020-09-10T12:30:01+02:00 Das Steyn <p>In the world of philosophy some of the basic questions are what is man and what is his purpose in life? In planning it was apparently thought that planners work with facts and the scientific method. It was thought that rational man would be able to solve all problems. In 1978 Klosterman wrote an article entitled “The foundations of normative planning” stating that it is not rationality but values that determine planning. Politics decides who gets what, when, where and how. Planning is focused on guiding future changes. On change Castells (1992) wrote his famous article “The world has changed, can planning change?” on what was happening at the time. The most important were, among others, political, economical, technological as well as social changes. The article was written after the fall of communism as a political system, the creation of a global economy, the expansion of information technology as well as the ascent of the feminist and the environment movements.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2010 Land-use suitability modelling as an input for spatial planning in Tlokwe local municipality, North-West province, South Africa 2020-09-10T12:38:51+02:00 Dirk Cilliers Ernst Drewes <p>In recent years, issues related to the state of the natural environment have begun to play an increasingly more important role in the global arena of politics and civil society. It is crucial that these issues be integrated into planning processes and development frameworks in such a way that the protection of the natural environment and the promotion of sustainable development goals can be achieved. This article explores the use of a GIS-based spatial modelling method in achieving the above. The success of such an approach could ensure the effective incorporation of environmental data into spatial planning, and more specifically Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs), which is not always the case in South Africa. The study found that such an approach could be used with great success and could assist planners and policymakers in the challenge of steering land-use management in a sustainable manner. The study showed that a pro-active, interdisciplinary approach to land-use management is possible on a strategic level in South African municipalities.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2010 Re-thinking the role of regional development funds in South Africa: Reflections on international experience 2020-09-10T12:46:17+02:00 Christian Rogerson <p>In 2010 the national government actively considered the introduction of a regional development fund to support the objectives of regional development in South Africa. Against this backdrop, this article critically reviews the historical application of regional incentives under apartheid and the recent international application of regional development funds. It is argued that a narrow focus on regional incentive funds represents an element of the ‘old’ paradigm of regional theory and regional development practice. In addressing the widening imbalances that exist in the space economy of contemporary South Africa it is prudent to link the application of ‘regional development funds’ to the modern paradigm of regional development planning. Within this framework, the regional development fund is no longer simply an enterprise-oriented fund centred on manufacturing. Instead, the regional fund is re-defined as a channel for supporting wider comprehensive interventions across multiple sectors and targeted to build regional competitiveness.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2010 The dilemma of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) in South African higher education – the case of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Johannesburg 2020-09-10T12:49:27+02:00 Martin Lewis Natasja Holtzhausen Susanne Taylor <p>The South African Higher Education Qualifications Framework (HEQF) gazetted in 2007 sets a revised qualifications framework that necessitates the re-evaluation and redesign of programmes to align with the new framework. For the first time the HEQF introduced the term ‘Work-Integrated Learning’ (WIL) into a Department of Education document with possible legal consequences for institutions of higher education, as the framework document provides that higher education institutions offering qualifications with a WIL component must place the students. This has led to a dilemma as placements are not always readily available. In addition, there is ‘pressure’ within institutions and from certain faculty members to eliminate the WIL component from curricula. This article aims to answer the following questions:<br>Is it worth retaining WIL in the Town and Regional Planning academic programme?<br>If it is found that WIL should remain part of the qualification, when should the students engage with this component?<br>If it is found that WIL should remain part of the qualification, for how long should this component be offered?<br>This article presents the findings of the qualitative study aimed at finding a solution to the dilemma relating to WIL, with students and partners from industry being surveyed for their input. It, therefore, forms part of what is an ongoing dialogue concerning all aspects relating to appropriate education.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2010