Urban Dynamics Africa is a firm of Town and Regional Planners whose operations are governed by Town and Regional Planners Act (Act 185/1996). This Act requires that all planners employed to do scheduled work must be fully qualified and registered in terms of the Act. The fact that very few members of previously disadvantaged groups are registered planners in Namibia makes it difficult to make meaningful progress at the professional level in affirmative actions goals.
Nevertheless, Urban Dynamics has undertaken a number of actions since its formation in 1992 aimed at benefiting previously disadvantaged Namibians within the planning profession. Such actions have included:
Urban Dynamics entered into an agreement with the Kayec Trust to recruit, train and deploy fieldworkers for the Windhoek Household Survey. A working relationship with the Kayec Trust has persisted to this day, with over 100 Kayec students being employed in surveys over the years.
In 1997 Urban Dynamics employed a young man from the Kayec Trust as a “trainee technician”. Mr Titus Shaanika was sent to Bullawayo Polytechnic in Zimbabwe between 1998 and 2000 where he completed his studies as a town-planning technician.
An important initiative of the firm was to develop a two-week training course in town planning and development control aimed at staff in local and regional authorities. A number of these courses have already been presented in some of Namibia’s northern regions.
2001 & 2002
Urban Dynamics allocated staff to lecture at the Polytechnic’s course in Urban Land Management. A student from the 2001 course, Mr Erikson Kalundingo was subsequently employed by Urban Dynamics. He recently took up a position at the Ondangwa Town Council.
Ms Valerie Hoffmann, a previously disadvantaged Namibian planning technician was doing a compulsory practical year with our firm. Ms Hoffman gained valuable experience in the field of planning. Urban Dynamics undertook to sponsor her studies for 2005 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It was expected that Ms Hoffmann’s involvement with Urban Dynamics Africa would continue for many years to come.
2005 The firm sponsored Ms Hoffmann’s studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
2006 - 2007
As part of Technical Tertiary Training, Mr Lloyd Dienn, a former disadvantaged Namibian, was employed as an “in training” Student of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Ms Valerie Hoffman completed her studies successfully at the Cape Peninsula University and commenced work at Urban Dynamics Africa. She is in the process of registering at the Namibia Institute of Town and Regional Planners (NITRP) as a Town and Regional Planner in training.
Ms Allison Anderson was a formerly disadvantaged student at the Polytechnic of Namibia studying for a Diploma in Land Use Planning. Urban Dynamics employed Ms Anderson for her practical year (year 2) in accordance with the requirements for the successful completion of her course.
Ms. Anderson graduated with a diploma in Land Use Planning and is now a planning technician employed full-time by the firm.
Urban Dynamics is very conscious of the need to show even more commitment to the national policy and has therefore resolved to submit an Affirmative Action Implementation Plan to the Ministry of Labour, even although this is not required by law because of the small size of the firm.