The Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is situated within the Province of Gauteng.

The UJ is the only tertiary institution in the whole of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and the Free State Provinces  that focuses on the training of Town and Regional Planning Technicians. The Town and Regional Planning Department within the UJ is therefore the exclusive educational hub of Technicians in four major provinces and as a result provides prime stakeholders with a required level of skills that is important in industry.

The National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning was first offered by the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR). It arose in response to a request by the then Johannesburg City Council for the introduction of a course, which would lead to the formal recognition of Town Planning Assistants. For several decades the de facto situation at the City Council was that of professional university trained Town Planners aided by assistants with no formal training but which, in many cases had vast experience and were very competent at their respective tasks. At the then TWR the programme was initially offered as a part-time evening course. The students came from either the Council or Consulting firms, and all had several years of experience behind them and their level of understanding were high.

Due to a change in market demand, as well as the student profiles, the programme had to be switched to a full time course catering for young grade 12 students. Later, also in response to market demand, the BTech (Baccalaureus Technologiae) was introduced.

The first intake of students for the National Diploma Town and Regional Planning was in 1989 with the first Diplomats graduating in 1991. The BTech Town and Regional Planning had its first intake of students in 1996 with the first Graduates graduating in 1998. With the merger of the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) and Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR) the Department became part of UJ.

The Department of Town and Regional Planning forms part of the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment that is located in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

There are currently two programmes that have been Accredited by SACPLAN. These are the National Diploma Town and Regional Planning and the BTech Town and Regional Planning. The Department is also in the process of developing a Masters Programme. The UJ Town and Regional Planning Department is a member of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS).

For Further Information Contact

Mr George Onatu (HOD) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 011 559 6062. website www.uj.ac.za/trp.


List of SACPLAN accredited planning qualifications currently being offered

National Diploma: Town and Regional Planning (ND TRP)

Bachelor of Technology: Town and Regional Planning (BTech TRP)



WIL - Participation Form (Employees) 2012

WIL Brochure - TRP 2012

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