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Transport planning in municipalities in South Africa: Final Report

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University of the Witwatersrand, School of Governance

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Mackett, Odile; Pillay, Pundy; Govender, Megan


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The LGSETA commissioned the WITS School of Governance to investigate the ability of municipalities to conduct transport planning with a specific emphasis on the skills, or the lack thereof, to undertake transport planning. A sample of 18 municipalities (8 metros and 10 secondary cities), 9 provincial departments, 2 universities, the South African Planning Institute as well as the South African Council of Planners were contacted and engaged with as part of this research. Interactions with various stakeholders revealed widespread agreement that transport planning traverses numerous disciplines (e.g., engineering, town planning, and economics). Transport planners need to have a minimum understanding of the other disciplines as well as collaborating with these professionals for the attainment of transport imperatives. There is no accredited professional body that transport planners have to be registered or affiliated with to practise as a transport planner. Professionals practising within this domain not only emanate from engineering and town planning, but also from other disciplines such as business administration, economics, and geography. However, this trend is not out of line with international practice. A detailed analysis of UK universities shows, for instance, that town planners increasingly come from a much more diverse academic background than two or three decades ago engineering was virtually the sole discipline from which transport planners emerged.

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