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Associate Professor Mfaniseni Sihlongonyane

QualificationsBA PGCE, MSc(DP), PhD
Phone 0117177706
Organisational Unit School of Architecture and Planning

His research encompasses principally the interface between development and urban studies, and covers a wide range of theoretical, applied and policy arenas in the global as well as African realms of development. Over the years, he has worked and published in areas of land reform, planning, gender, spatial development, urban politics, local economic development, community development, and African city. The analysis of these topics is drawn from a wide range of disciplines which include: economics, history, sociology, anthropology, political and geography.

F ana is an associate professor and Director of the Planning Programme in the School of Architecture & Planning. He lectures in development economics, planning theory and Local Economic Development.

Fana is also a Hall Coordinator at Earnest Oppenheimer Hall, Parktown. He was a community researcher at the Development Research Institute (DRI) and in the editorial board of the South African Town Planning Journal (SAPJ) produced by the South African Town Planning Institution. He is one of the Young Planners who are the founders of the "Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative? during the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)'s World Planning Congress in Ogaki, Japan from 17-20 September 1997 ( He is a member of the South African Council of Planners, a statutory body that responsible for overseeing planning in the country. He has been a member of the Gauteng Development Tribunal since 1999. He has worked extensively with various lecturers at the University of Swaziland in various Rural and Urban Research Projects on poverty related studies. He is a qualified teacher in Geography and Religious studies. He got his PHD from Oxford University, UK.