The original Department of Town and Regional Planning at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education was established in 1965. During 1999 with the establishment of Schools at the University and the abolishment of departments, Town and Regional Planning as a subject group was located within the School of Environmental Sciences and Development.

The subject group offers the degree Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (Planning), which allows graduates to register with the SACPLAN.

The growing South African population and fast urbanisation are offering the town and regional planner an opportunity to play a role in the development of affordable housing and effective infrastructure. The need and obligation to preserve historical and natural environments has become an important component of urban and rural development.

Town and regional planners can work in different environments and come into contact with a variety of other subjects. The working environment can be:

•  A property developer

•  A provincial or municipal planning department

•  A private consultant and many others.

Urban and regional planners can also work at an academic institution which is directed at research and training, or they can start their own practices. Because of the lacking urban infrastructure and the demand for economic development in South Africa, there will always be work for urban and regional planners who are prepared to work hard.


List of SACPLAN accredited planning qualifications currently being offered

Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (Planning) (B Art et Scien)

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