Natasha Murray is originally from Pacaltsdorp, George and now resides in Cape Town. She qualified with a Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning (M.S&S) at the University of Stellenbosch.

On completing her studies, she started working at the Milnerton Municipality and went from Town Planner attending to Land Use Management and Spatial Planning to Senior Planner dealing with various big projects in the then Blaauwberg Municipality which then later formed part of the Metro. In 2007 she was appointed the Head of Planning for all Informal Settlements in the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate where she dealt with matters of Emergency Housing (Floods & Fires) and predominantly UISP (Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme) & Reblocking. She successfully assisted with compiling a GIS Master Upgrading Plan for all Informal Settlements. In 2013 she was promoted to Manager: Service Delivery & Implementation dealing more with integration, strategic management, urbanisation and poverty alleviation. In 2014 she was fortunate to represent the City of Cape Town at the UN HABITAT WUF (World Urban Forum) in Medellin, Colombia.

After 11 years with the City of Cape Town she joined the Western Cape Government's Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP) in 2015 where she is currently working as a Project Manager on a catalytic programme RSEP/VPUU (Regional Socio Economic Programme & Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Programme) until 2019. It is a programme jointly funded by the Western Cape Government and KfW German Development Bank via their Federal German Ministry and our National Treasury.

Recently she was also appointed as a Chief Town and Regional Planner for the Development Planning, Intelligence Management and Research directorate focussing on policy shifts required within our new planning paradigm.

She was nominated and recently elected as council member of the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN).

In her spare time she loves a good round of golf.

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