Unpacking planners' views of the success and failure of planning in post-apartheid South Africa

Denoon-Stevens, S.P. ORCID: 0000-0002-7640-0970, Andres, L., Nel, V. and Jones, P., 2022. Unpacking planners' views of the success and failure of planning in post-apartheid South Africa. Cities, 130: 103867. ISSN 0264-2751

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This paper discusses post-apartheid planning reform in South Africa and identifies the successes and failures thereof, as understood by South African planners. We noted a perception of success regarding the reform of planning legislation; however, the general feeling was that planning had failed to achieve spatial transformation in the post-apartheid era. A variety of reasons were given for this: the failure to achieve reservation of planning work for planners, political interference, weak planning tools, lack of capacity, and planners' lack of key skills. We argue that underlying these failures was a deeper issue, namely that many powerful stakeholders in the built environment seemingly did not ascribe value to the planning process. In other instances, they may accept the value of the process, but not the uniqueness of planners' skills. This divergence of opinion of and power struggle between the legitimacy of planning versus planners shapes both the form that planning reform takes, but also the perceptions of the successes or failures of planning reform. Consequentially, this means that to achieve ‘successful’ planning reform, it is necessary to account for how the interaction of micro (individual) and macro-meso (organisational, societal) agendas shape these processes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cities
Creators: Denoon-Stevens, S.P., Andres, L., Nel, V. and Jones, P.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: November 2022
Volume: 130
ISSN: 0264-2751
Rights: Open access article.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 Apr 2023 08:40
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2023 08:40
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48694

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