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City calling for nominations, applications for planning tribunal

The City of Cape Town is calling for applications and nominations for members to serve on the Municipal Planning Tribunal (MPT). The MPT is mandated to consider and decide on land use and development applications submitted to the City’s Development Management Department. 

The MPT was established on 1 July 2015 when the Municipal Planning By-law came into effect. A total of 25 members serve on the MPT, nine of whom are professionals from the private sector. The external members’ contract period expires on 30 June 2021.

‘We are calling on residents and interested parties to apply or nominate external members to serve on the tribunal. The MPT fulfils a very important function and those wanting to serve on the tribunal must have the time and experience to attend to the duties as provided for in planning legislation.

‘Members must also have knowledge and experience in any one, or all of the disciplines of spatial planning, land use management, land development, and the applicable laws. This is a great opportunity for professionals to contribute to and influence Cape Town’s built environment,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.

The closing date for submissions and nominations is 26 February 2021. New members’ contract period will commence on 1 July 2021.

Members of the MPT are expected to:

  • prepare for and attend regional panel meetings, at least once a week
  • participate in meetings
  • read reports
  • conduct site visits, and
  • fulfil other duties and functions provided for in legislation

External members are appointed for a period of five years, and their contract is renewable once. Their full term may not exceed 10 years. External members are remunerated on a capped hourly rate, equal to the SACPLAN rate for a Category-B professional.

Application and nomination forms are available at: NominationForm_Appointment as member_CCT_MPT.pdf (

Completed applications or nominations, accompanied by the applicant or nominee’s CV, must be sent to:

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

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