04 April 2013
Mr Rajesh Makan is currently employed as Acting Chief Director; Integrated Spatial Planning, at the National Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR). He also serves as a Council member on the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) as a representative of the DRDLR. He has served previously on the 2nd Council and has recently reappointed to the 3rd Council. Mr Makan completed his BTech in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Johannesburg in 2011 (Cum laude). He made to the Dean’s Role of Honour for this achievement and has also completed his Master in Town and Regional Planning with distinction with the University of Pretoria.
Mr Makan started his career in Town and Regional Planning in 1998 at a private company, Matingi and Associates and was made an Associate Director after 4 years with the company. He spent 8 years at Matingi and Associates and was involved in various projects at Matingi & Associates including being involved in the project for the Master Planning of the OR Tambo International Airport, Development of Land Development Objectives for various municipalities and various other projects ranging from Strategic Planning to Statutory Planning. He moved to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (formerly Department of Land Affairs) in 2005 as Deputy Director: Planning Systems and was promoted to Director: Spatial Planning Facilitation in 2008. His work at the Department included working on the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Bill, The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme and various other projects ranging from the development of policy to the development of Guidelines.