City Planning Commission
City Planning Commission aims to guide the long-term growth and development of our region in a strategic direction that will ensure that eThekwini becomes a world class city that competes globally. The overarching strategic objective of the City Planning Commission is to act as an independent & expert advisory think-tank to the leadership and administration of eThekwini Municipality aimed at propelling long-term, holistic and catalytic socio-economic development of Durban and its people.

Long-term planning must ensure that high economic growth rates are achieved, linked with the creation of decent, sustainable jobs; economic prosperity and an absolute reduction of poverty and inequities based on spatial, gender, income and racial differentiations. 
The 2014 – 2018 Commission completed a Story Line Diagnostic, which has paved the way for the compilation of a City Development Strategy.  The new City Planning Commission begins their 3-year term of office from July 2019 – June 2021. The chief and urgent task of this Commission is to lead with the preparation of an inclusive and comprehensive Implementation Strategy for the City Development Strategy and the Monitoring of the strategy thereafter.
Their work will help eThekwini Municipality achieve its vision of being Africa’s most caring and liveable city, in which all citizens live in harmony.

Commissioner profiles
Prof. Urmilla Bob
Prof. Urmilla Bob holds a B.A Pedagogic in Education, English and Geography from the University of Durban- Westville, B.A Honours in Geography and a Masters in Geography from West Virginia University U.S.A.(1994) as well as a Ph.D in Geography from West Virginia University (1999).
Her most recent qualification is a Master’s degree in Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melborune, Australia.

Professor Bob is currently the Dean of Research and Full Professor in Geography at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her work includes Research planning, policy development and implementation, overall management and leadership of the Research Office. Her office provides an academic/ professional service to the community including profiling the Research Office’s roles and responsibilities and promoting high quality research, with research training and capacity development one of the core functions.

Dr Bob also sat as Chair of UKZN Research Ethics Committee (Human and Social Sciences) in 2013. She was previously appointed as a lecturer in Advanced Rural studies, Advanced Research Methods, the land question in South Africa, Tourism and research projects from 1998 –2000.

She sits on the board of the African Climate Change Fellowship Programme and is an Advisory member for the MALEREO (Earth Observation in Malaria Vector Control and Management) Medical Research Council project, FP7-Space funded project.

She is also a Non-executive Board Member – Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and the UKZN representative on the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) eThekwini-University research Committee.

Her expertise is also required as a Board Member of the African Vision Research Institute and Board and Steering Committee Member of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centre.

She also sits on the DHET Research Outputs Evaluation Panel and Committee and is serving her second term as Commissioner on the eThekwini Planning Commission. Dr Bob has hundreds of research projects, papers and books under her belt, Dr Bob is currently involved in research projects for the Aerotropolis Institute Africa (AIA), Development of a framework to assess the economic impacts of Coastal and Marine Tourism in South Africa funded by National Department of Tourism and has contributed to compiling the concept paper and conference report as well as responsible for the analysis of public sector survey data and case study interviews for e-Waste Management in the Public Sector in South Africa.
Yasmin Rajah
​Ms Yasmin Rajah is a social worker by profession and the founding Director of Refugee Social Services which is the social implementing partner of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in KZN. She has worked in the child and family welfare and the refugee and migrant sectors for many years and has developed expertise in working with refugees in an urban setting.
She has served on the Board of Children First, and currently serves on the Board of Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), as well as on the Streetnet Financial Review Committee. She has been selected by the UNHRC to participate in NGO consultations, High Commissioners dialogues and other forums at the UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.
Her passion lies in working with vulnerable communities and promoting programs that are holistic and developmental in nature and which serve to empower.
Beauty Zibula
​In 2008, Beauty Zibula became the Chairperson for the National Bargaining Council for Clothing Industry and remains in this position to date. Her experience as a shop steward and passion for Labour Legislation lead her to become a board member at Zenzeleni Board meetings which is a union project. She is now the Provincial Chairperson for Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in KZN since 2012 and brings a wealth of experience to the City Planning Commission from the labour perspective.
Zibula started her career in IM Lockhat and spent 20 years gaining a wide range of experience and developing her skill set as a Sample Machinist before moving on to Prestige Apparel in 2002 where she remains to date. Zibula has raked up 37 years of experience as a Sample Machinist and attributes her long service in the Clothing Industry to her natural flare for fashion and clothing.
Zibula wanted to divulge further in Equality and Labour, she therefore attended Workers’ College in 1999 and studied Labour Legislation, uncovering gender, collective bargaining, Women & Economy, Planning, Strategizing and Implementing Gender Campaigns. This led her to her current positions in the labour industry.
Her involvement in the Union has ensured that she remains an activist in the struggle for the rights of the workforce and the vulnerable. She maintains her position in the ANC women’s league.
Glen Robbins
​Glen Robbins is an independent specialist economic development researcher and an active academic researcher through associations with various academic institutions. He has over twenty-five years’ experience, including working at a senior level in government (in economic development), as an academic researcher and as a specialist consultant, both in South Africa and internationally. This work has spanned matters relating to economic analysis, employment, urban development, informal employment, industrial development, urban governance and public finance and spending.
He previously headed the Economic Development and City Enterprises functions in the eThekwini Municipality and served on board structures of many public and non-profit entities. He has participated in a range of projects, in South Africa and internationally, including urban and regional economic development research as well as research projects in the fields of employment, trade, labour dynamics, transport/logistics and industrial development.
Glen Robbins serves as a Commissioner on the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Planning Commission and is on the Advisory Board of the State of the African Cities Report project hosted by the African Centre for Cities (at UCT). He is a Research Fellow, Trade and Industry Policy Strategies Research Associate, an Honorary Research Fellow at Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology, a Research Associate, PRISM, University of Cape Town and Director and Board Member of Asiye eTafuleni not-for profit NGO.
He has a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from the former University of Natal, an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and is busy with a Phd. at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research. With work experience in the public and private sector, as well as within the academic community, he has skills relating to researching, analysing and facilitating policy and implementation on urban and regional economies as well as wider urban development matters. His interdisciplinary training and qualifications, as well as wide-ranging experience in local, regional, national and international contexts, contribute to his effective participation in teams tasked with developing solutions to complex urban and regional development problems.
Dimakatso Diseko
​Dimakatso Diseko has her professional background in the Town Planning and Land Use Management field and is currently the Senior Manager of Property Development for the University of Johannesburg. She is a hardworking and dedicated individual that holds many qualifications under her belt.
Diseko’s tertiary education timeline began in 1995 whereby she obtained her Bachelor of Education at the University of North West. She proceeded to do her Honours degree in Urban& Economic Geography in 1997.  She boasts two Masters degrees, the first in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Pretoria, and the second in Development Planning from the University of Witwatersrand.
In 2009, Diseko portrayed interest in law when she did law courses at the South African School of Paralegal Studies. Diseko then obtained a certificate in Commercial Property Broking-Law and Practice at the University of Cape Town in 2014. She also completed a Property Financial Programme at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Her passion for education continued in 2017 as she completed two courses in Compliance Management and Compliance Risk Management Plans at the Compliance Institute of SA. In 2018, she did four courses namely, ACRE Mediation, Mediation, Project Quality, Risk and Time Management, and Construction Contracts.
To date, she is working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts at UJ and a Bachelor of Laws at Wits University. With all this education, Dimakatso Diseko continues to strive for success. She is board member of the University of Johannesburg and tribunal member for MEC’s Independent Tribunal for Appeals (Provincial Heritage Resources Authority). She is also a trustee of the University of the University of Johannesburg Pension Fund.
​Claudelle Crick Dunn
​Claudelle Crick Dunn, is the Deputy Director of National Skills Fund, Regional Skills Development Implementation in the Department of Higher Education and Training started her journey in the public sector in 1990, when she joined the Department of Social Welfare as a Senior Registry Clerk. Through dedication to her work and commitment to her studies she ploughed her way through the ranks.
In 1997, Crick Dunn completed her BA (Honours) Social Science through the University of South Africa (UNISA) and moved to the Department of Transport (1998 – 2000). She spent the next 3 years in the Department of Labour as a Practitioner (Employment & Skills Development Services). Crick Dunn joined the National Department of Public works from 2004 to 2006 as a Senior Personnel Practitioner.
In October 2013, Crick Dunn served at EThekwini Municipality as an Acting Manager, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. Crick Dunn moved on to become a provincial officer in Kwa Zulu Natal and Free State at the Health & Welfare Sector Education Training Authority in 2015. Her overall job was the co-ordination and Implementation of Health and Social Development Skills Development Initiatives at Provincial and regional level. Crick Dunn began working in her current position in 2018 and is responsible for the monitoring and evaluating the implementation of National Skills Funded Skills Development Projects within the KZN region.
Crick Dunn continued to study throughout her career. Some of her qualifications include a B-Tech in Human Resources through UNISA, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration through the University of Pretoria, a Research Capacity Initiative Programme through SANPAD and a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. Her passion for studying directed her to lecture at UKZN in 2009 where she remained on a fixed term contract until 2013. She joined the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) on a part time basis in 2014 and remains at the institution to date. 
​Professor Abiodun Matthews Dayomi
​With over 20 years of international experience in teaching, research & professional consultancy, Professor Abiodun Matthews Dayomi’s ability to quickly master new subjects & techniques, to identify the most important concepts and information has enabled him to excel in his area of expertise.
Dayomi holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Aix-Marseilles University, France and Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Institute d’Amenagement Regional, from the same university. Dayomi proves that education is the ultimate key to success as he proceeded to further his studies. He also obtained a specialist Post Graduate degree in Remote Sensing Applications in which he obtained at the University of Toulouse.
As he is determined to share his profound knowledge that he acquired. He taught in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria and has also taught at the universities of Limpopo, Venda and is currently Professor in the School of the Built Environment at the University in KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
Prof. Dayomi’s interests lie in Human Settlement Planning, Environmental Development & Management. Over the years, he has been an active member of the several professional planning, transportation and environmental bodies and associations in Canada (CIP), France (SFP), ISOCARP, Nigeria and South Africa (SACPLAN) (where he chaired and directed the accreditation (of Schools and Programmes) and training committees of the Council (SACPLAN).
Litha dalindyebo
​Litha Dalindyebo, Senior manager in Business Continuity & Safety Culture has excelled in various roles in the public sector over the past 10 years. Some of his achievements include winning the Transnet Golden Safety League back to back, managing the best safety club coach and becoming the Platinum Safety League winner in 2017.
Motivation and a raging hunger for success has guided Dalindyebo through his studies. He completed his Masters in Environmental Science through Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2015. In 2018, he finished an Executive Development Programme at the University in Stellenbosch. He is currently Doctor of Philosophy(PhD) student at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Air Quality Management.
His most recent of twenty-one certifications include Lean Six Sigma: Green Belt level 4, Introduction to Air Dispersion Modelling and Air Dispersion Modelling.
Dalindyebo’s experience includes developing, maintaining and implementing Health and Safety Management systems, site inspections, managing internal and external auditors, conducting training workshops and project management while he served as an Environmental Scientist at Impala Group of Companies for almost two years and a SHERQ official at Transnet Port Terminals for 17 months. He was quickly promoted to SHERQ manager at Transnet where he reported performance to regional EXCO, managed budgets, resources, external and internal stakeholders.
In 2013, Dalindyebo became the Senior Manager (Business Continuity and Safety Culture). His main responsibilities include co coordinating the National Safety League Performance, establishing Business Continuity Management, implementing National Disaster Management, Financial Management for the cost center and developing strategic innovations. Dalindyebo proved his leadership ability when he became a Bid Specification Committee Member in 2016.
​Osbourne siphamandla gwamanda
​Osbourne Siphamandla Gwamanda, Senior Hydrologist (Water Resources, Engineering and Management) is described as ambitious, results driven and professional. He holds 11 years of solid experience in the Water and Sanitation Sector. He accredits his many achievements, such as becoming successfully registered as a Certified Natural Scientist with South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals (SACNASP) to his meticulousness and consistency.
Gwamanda spent 5 years in the private sector after attaining a Bachelor of Science in Hydrology (Water Resources Engineering & Management) in 2006 through the University of KwaZulu Natal. He later moved on to National Government (Department of Water Affairs).  During these years he acquired in-depth knowledge of various National Government Acts regarding water and local government regulations, procedures and policies. He has experience in Water Resource Management, Surface Water Modelling, Surface Water Environmental Management, Water Quality Management and Bioremediation.
Apart from his expertise, Gwamanda has good technical skills, strategic planning, resource allocation, Human Resource skills, budgeting and costing. He prides himself on his interpersonal and communication skills.
Methembe Mdlalose


​Methembe Mdlalose is a self-motivated individual who has a keen interest in efficient land use management models for spatial planning for rural-urban integration. He shows excellence in the field of regional economics and development.
Mdlalose has invested several years in his education. He holds an Honours Degree in Public Administration at the University of Zululand (UniZulu), a Master of Commerce specializing in Local Economic Development and is currently completing his Doctor of Philosophy qualification in Community Development (Regional Economic Planning).
His hard work and determination has been proven over the years. He is proficient in research methods, data collection, and analysis in the discipline of social sciences (Qualitative and Quantitative). He is currently a researcher of the Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative (RLEDI) within the Graduate School of Business & Leadership and a research assistant to the Dean of the School of Built Environment & Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He boasts skills in:
  • Economic planning & spatial systems, land use management and industrial Policy expert,
  • In-depth understanding of global regional development systems,
  • Maintenance of social capital and Relationship building and,
  • Extensive knowledge in research methodology and data collection

Mdlalose has always been passionate about helping students reach their potential academically. Whilst completing his Honours Degree, he tutored political sciences for second-year students at UniZulu. He is also a Post Graduate Assistant whereby he teaches Honours and second year’s students in the School of Public Governance.

​Dr Hangwelani Magidimisha
​Dr. Hangwelani Magidimisha, is a Senior Lecturer, programme co-ordinator and town planner that does not limit herself. She shows her passion for knowledge sharing by the multiple projects she gets involved in. Dr. Magidimisha has several published works under her belt and these include journal articles and books. She has made a remarkable name for herself as she’s been involved in drafting technical papers and policy reports, she has been part of panel discussions and conferences and workshops whereby she had to share her profound knowledge to the attendees.
Magidimisha’s higher education began in 2006 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Development. In 2009, she obtained her Masters of Town and Regional Planning at UKZN. In 2010, she attended Rosebank College and completed a certificate in Project Management. In 2016, she completed her tertiary education streak by doing her Doctor of Philosophy in Town and Regional Planning.
Other projects that she has done include; a National Treasury-Cities Support Programme, a Johannesburg City Safety Strategy Review, Quality of Life in Algeria and South Africa and a South African National Survey of Research and Experimental Development.
She portrays skills in computer software and great communication skills. Taking pride in perfecting her craft and choosing versatility has helped Magidimisha create a well-respected name and title that has enabled her to excel.
​Dr Barlow Govender
​Dr. Barlow Gonaseelan Govender, a Civil Engineer, and Economic & Development Specialist has amassed 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the planning, design, management, and implementation of housing, economic and infrastructure projects and has served as an advisor, lead programme and project manager for various public sector entities.
Dr. Govender holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a PhD from the University of Kwazulu Natal and has gained considerable international experience in business as well as public sector consulting and has business interests in Asia and Africa.
Over the years, he has stamped his business footprint as he racked up experience in various companies. He is a member of the Construction Industry Development Board Disciplinary Committee and he served as Special Advisor for the Minister of Housing between 1992 and 1995 and the MEC of Public Works, Provincial Coordinator of National Public Works Programme, Acting Head of Departments between 1996 and 1998.
Dr. Govender is currently the Head of Intercon Holdings (Pty) Ltd group, a diversified group that operates in the Professional Consulting, Engineering and Construction, Energy and Mining, Real Estate and Development, Heavy Energy Manufacturing and Investments sectors.
He also holds various Director positions at the following companies Midros Investments (Pty) Ltd, Safricor Investments (Pty) Ltd, Saftrail, Allenby Housing, China Shipping Containers.
He has a thorough understanding of built environment issues and has substantial experience and acceptance with communities, NGO’s, CBO’s, local authorities and public sector entities both nationally and internationally.
Carlos Esteves
​Carlos Esteves has more than 35 years’ experience in the Engineering field, most of which was practiced in the public sector. His dedication to growth saw him rise through the ranks as a young engineer to become a successful leader.
Esteves started his career at Murray and Roberts in 1982 as a Site Agent, he moved on to Theron Burke and Issac as a Resident Engineer where he worked on various civil works as well as flood repair. In 1988 he became the Design Engineer at the same company, working on various road and township developments and provided general civil services on projects.
Esteves began his 12-year long journey with the Inner West City Council in 1992 as an Engineer (Roads, Stormwater and Transportation) which saw him responsible for the design and implementation of civil infrastructure projects associated with road transport networks. In 1998, Esteves became a Chief Engineer (Roads and Projects) where he managed a design team that was responsible for civil infrastructure projects. Esteves spent the next four years as a Chief Engineer (Services) which included added responsibilities such as managing the administration section for the Engineering Department.
Between 2004 to 2017 Esteves served the eThekwini Municipality as Deputy Head (Road System Management) and provided the oversight on four different departments (Traffic Engineering, Traffic Operations, Urban Traffic control and Installation & Works) which comprised of 70 technical staff members.
He was directly involved in numerous strategic projects such as World Cup 2010 Transportation: Design and implementation R1.5 billion (3 years), Port expansion Transportation: Design and implementation R1.1 billion (6 years),  Beachfront Rejuvenation (Traffic): Design and implementation R200 million (3 years), BRT PT development for City: R3 billion (4 years), New Stadium (Transportation and civil works): R400 million (2 years) and the New Durban dig out port and freight route to Cato Ridge R4 billion (5 years).
Esteves completed his Master of Science Degree in Engineering in 2000 through the University of Natal and his passion for academia led him to lecture part time at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal from 2008 to 2016. He moved on as an external examiner at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal from 2017 to 2018 before becoming a part time lecturer at Durban University of Technology in 2019. He currently works as an Independent consultant in Civil Engineering and Transportation.
Poppy Dlamini
​Poppy Dlamini is an expert in the integrated environmental management sector with over 30 years of experience. Her consummate record is a combination of serving as a Senior Environmentalist for more than seven years and serving at the environmental health sector.
Her portfolio includes project management and development of policies and capacity building. She has worked extensively with government, non-governmental organisations, external support agencies, a variety of industries and communities and has served on numerous boards as a Director and Committee Member.
The highly qualified Environmental Scientist with a Masters’ Degree in Environmental Engineering Science also has a Diploma in Environmental Health, A Higher Diploma in Public Health Engineering, Certificates in Occupational health, Environmental Auditing, Leadership Development and gender Issues in Development.
Dlamini is dedicated to using her vast experience in providing professional and reliable services to all portfolios of interest.
Pfanu Mashau
Being an advocate for academic prosperity is number one on the list for Dr Pfanu Mashau who is fulfilling the role of lecturing and supervising dissertations at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Graduate School of Business and Leadership.
Dr Mashau also serves as an external lecturer at MANCOSA for Economics and has successfully supervised 21 Masters and Doctorates dissertations. Outside his lecturing role, Dr Mashau is an Independent Entrepreneur and director of Everydo (PTY) LTD. He also served as a member of the Board at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development.
He holds his highest qualification as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Innovation and Agglomeration Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr Mashau has published 14 journals including the one that explores Employees Perception On Improving Service Delivery In The Department Of Public Works, which aimed at establishing the critical factors underlying the improvement of service delivery within the Department of Public.
His most recent publications include the Development Of The Rural Roads Network For Sustainable Livelihoods In South African Local Municipalities, Entrepreneurship Literacy Among Youth SMMEs In eThekwini Municipality, Assessing infrastructural development to address socio-economic issues in Nyandeni Local Municipality, Significance of South African learning institutions in comparison to the global economy and Evaluation of South African universities’ collaborations as drivers of entrepreneurship.
Menzi Sthuli Damini
​Dedication and an appetite for growth in the agriculture industry is one way to describe Menzi Sithuli Dlamini who is an Agricultural Economics-PhD candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Amongst his academic records is a Master's Degree in Development Finance (University of Stellenbosch) as well as a BSc in Agricultural Economics (University of Swaziland).
Dlamini holds five short courses certificates in Project Management, finance for non-financial Managers, Project finance modelling, Value chains Development and Managing in a Unionised Environment Currently serving at the Trade And Investment Kwazulu Natal as an Agriculture Sector Manager, Dlamini’s portfolio entails undertaking conceptual development, coordination and solicit funding of development projects. It also includes assessing project proposals; and basic analysis of economic and financial viability of projects. Coordinating with project funders to obtain financing commitments, facilitate funding receipt, including loan and equity closing transactions.
He cut his teeth in the agricultural industry in 2008 when he joined the South Africa Cane Growers Association where his job entailed promoting the development of small-scale sugarcane growers to ensure sustainability.
In 2009 he joined the Department of Environmental Affairs as a Projects Officer: Value Added Industries, Working for Water Programme where his role was to provide support to EPWP agro-forestry projects created from clearing of alien vegetation. From there he joined the SA Confederation of Agricultural Unions and then spent a year at the Kalipha foundation/Sivandze Farming consulting manging poverty reduction agricultural projects and facilitating funding opportunities.
He joined the Royal Netherland Embassy as a senior Agricultural Policy Officer in November 2014 where he gained experience in developing and implementing policy frameworks. His 12 years of experience is a combination of agricultural investments, investment and funding facilitation, value chain development, farm valuations, stakeholder management, smallholder farmer development or organisations farming.
Trivi Arjunan
Trivi Arjunan is a Registered Professional Planner with over 15 years of professional experience encompassing Town and Regional Planning; Development Economics; Market research and Project Management servicing the needs of clients ranging from Local Government through to Provincial Government Departments and Parastatals.
He has his Masters in Town and Regional Planning through the University of KwaZulu Natal and Bachelor of Social Science Degree. Arjunan previously worked as a Deputy Head at the EThekwini Municipality’s Economic Development and Facilitation Unit. In 2007, he was nominated by the City Manager to be the Economic Spokesperson for the City on the “Port Master Plan Process” being driven by Transnet and EThekwini Municipality.
From 2009 to 2013, he was a Director at Focus Project Management. He worked on the City of Tshwane’s Neighbourhood Partnership Grant Programme and many other Provincial Projects including the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone 50-Year Master Plan and Durban Station Master Plan for PRASA.
Since leaving Focus Project Management in 2013, Trivi has gained substantial experience working on various public sector and private developments. Some of the notable Planning work undertaken in the last 5 years includes: (1) Declaration of Provincial Interest for KZN, (2) the KZN Poverty Eradication Master Plan; (3) SIP 2 N3 and N2 Corridor Plans; (4) the Provincial Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan; (5) the Provincial LED Framework and (6) Masters Plans for UKZN and the Durban University of Technology.
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