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YOUNG SOUTH AFRICAN TOWN PLANNER INVITED TO PRESENT RURAL LAND DEVELOPMENT STUDY IN US

Mthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the United States of America (USA).

Masinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm, KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners' Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.

The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province's Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government's spatial planning management.

Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.

Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that "the project's theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy". While the research gathered from Masinga's work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia. . V Source: www.brandsaouthafrica.com


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