The Legacy of the Provincial Planning Commission

At the end of 2010 the KwaZulu-Natal Planning and Development Commission’s term of office ended.

To highlight the work of the Commission from the 1950s to 2010, the Commission put together a book, and asked MCA to do a literature review of the research done during this period. We then wrote a chapter on the planning, research and development covered by the period which provided an overview of the research themes and approaches.

With hindsight, it is interesting to see the shifting research focuses, from an interest in managing natural resources during the years 1953-1985; to a time period from 1986-1995 that was more focused on social change, urbanization and new approaches to planning; and to a third period from 1996- 2008 which included research on new approached to planning as well as topics such as HIV/Aids and gender issues.