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This is a wonderful time to reimagine the world – Editor’s letter

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A while back, at the height of hard lockdown, I was fortunate enough to do a few zoom meetings with the top players within the SA Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) on reimagining South African townships.

It was some of the most innovative thinking for the future – of what our suburbs could look like – and the story got plenty of positive feedback and started an interesting conversation.

To me, the way our towns are planned and how they may look in the future is imperative to so many things including gender, economic and racial equality.

It also speaks to how we will in future be armed to fight off superbugs and, importantly, create spaces that are geared to making this a better world.

One of the most interesting aspects to come out of a recent webinar by Women in Planning SA (WiPSA) is that of densification. It’s no secret that there are two distinct groups – for and against densification.

Give Gugu Sithole-Ngobese’s opinion piece a read, and do let us know your thoughts. What do you want to see towns looking like in the future?

This is a wonderful time to reimagine the world and bring the best of everything into it. Look forward to hearing from you. Enjoy.

Warm regards

Vivian Warby

vivian.warby@inl.co.za 

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