BIOGRAPHY

Ms Molapo has been a registered professional planner with SACLAN since 1997. She awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Planning (1990) by the University of Nottingham (UK); and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban & Regional Planning (1986) by the National University of Lesotho. Ms Molapo also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Urban Management from the Institute of Housing & Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management (2001) from the University of Bradford (UK).

Ms Molopo’s experience spans ten years of Senior Public Service Management & Leadership. She is a former Deputy Director General: Urban & Rural Development for the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and has worked extensively in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Administration for the Offices of the Premier and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and a Town Planner in the Msunduzi Municipality.

Ms Molapo has also worked in Lesotho as a Physical Planner and travelled on planning study tours in Africa and South America and is therefore keenly aware of the developmental issues that face the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Africa and other developing nations. She has also taught Human Geography and Spatial Aspects of Development as a part-time Lecturer for the National University of Lesotho’s Geography Department. Further she has worked under the auspices of various donor agencies as a Short-Term Expert such as the European Union (EU) and Danish Development Ms Molapo has also worked in Lesotho as a Physical Planner and travelled on planning study tours in Africa and South America and is therefore keenly aware of the developmental issues that face the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Africa and other developing nations. She has also taught Human Geography and Spatial Aspects of Development as a part-time Lecturer for the National University of Lesotho’s Geography Department. Further she has worked under the auspices of various donor agencies as a Short-Term Expert such as the European Union (EU) and Danish Development

Ms Molapo has interest in Planning Policy-Making, Integrated Development Planning, Local Economic Development, Local Agenda 21, Urban Renewal\ Reconstruction, Urban Management and Rural Development; and Good Governance; and is also an active development activist, and is in her own right, serving on various extra curricula bodies. She was the Deputy Chairperson for the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN): Appeal Board and served on the Panel of Advisors to the Minister of Human Settlements.

Ms Molapo is currently the Deputy Municipal Manager Corporate Services in the Msunduzi Municipality.


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