Name: John Anthony Forbes
Date and place of birth: 3 July 1944, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Place(s) of tertiary education and dates associated therewith:
Durban University of Technology (then Natal Technical College) – 1963-
University of South Africa (Pretoria) – 1970-
Qualifications & Membership of Professional Bodies
Glenwood High School – Matriculation Exemption -
Natal Technical College – Town Planning Course -
UNISA – Bachelor of Art -
South African Council of Town and Regional Planners – TRP(SA) – 1986 -
South African Institute of Town and Regional Planners -
South African Planning Institute – MSAPI – 1996 (replaced SAITRP)
South African Council for Planners – SACPLAN (replaced SACTRP) – 2002 -
South African Council for the Architectural Profession – PrArchT (Retired) – 2006 -
Name of current employer and position in enterprise
John Forbes Associates – Sole Proprietary/Owner
2012 – 2015, 2017 -
August 2009 – Present -
Web address: http://www.johnforbesassociates.com
March 2007 – July 2009 (2 years 5 months) Durban
Provided planning direction within the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department based in Durban with a view to the integration of environmental considerations into mainstream town planning schemes. e.g. D'MOSS as a controlled layer in schemes.
August 1999 – February 2007 (7 years 7 months) Hillcrest
Headed up the Planning and Development Division, situated in the Outer West Regional Offices of the eThekwini Municipality in Hillcrest. Achievements included the consolidation of 14 separate town planning schemes in a single Consolidated Outer West Town Planning Scheme.
May 1996 – July 1999 (3 years 3 months) Pietermaritzburg
Headed up the Environmental Planning Directorate charged with providing town planning support for a variety of smaller towns across the province of KwaZulu-
March 1970 – April 1996* (17 years 3 months) Durban
All aspects of town planning including the revision of and preparation of new schemes, rezonings and scheme amendments, township design and implementation, administration of town planning duties for both provincial and local government, architectural assessment of pre-
*This period was not continuous and included time with both Rabie Property Developers (9 mths) and the NBRI of CSIR (8 yrs 2 mths).
June 1979 – July 1987 (8 years 2 months)Durban
Dissemination of information on applied research into various aspects of building and in particular application of appropriate technology for a third world situation.
Investigating and reporting on failures in the building industry.
Research project into the performance of plaster sands and paints in the Durban region.
Regional surveys of the supply, production, cost and future availability of sand and coarse aggregate (stone) in the Durban-
March 1963 – December 1969 (6 years 10 months) Durban
Preparation of Bluff, Umgeni South, Duikerfontein and Old Line Suburbs district town planning schemes in the erstwhile City of Durban.
Preparation of development (structure) plans – zoning, roads and reports.
Population studies of apartment developments in the Sydenham area of Durban.
John Forbes worked for seven years within the Town Planning Division of the then Durban City Engineer's Department and while there attended a part-
In 1975 he gained his Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Economics and Geography while studying part-
In 1987 John rejoined Vincent Leggo Associates, where he was involved primarily in township design, including a major township (Parkgate) in Verulam for some 1800 units
In 1990 he joined Rabie Property Developers (Natal) as the Operations Manager with the principal task of implementing their township development and house construction program including the Verulam Parkgate township.
In 1990 he became a Corporate Member of the South African Institute of Town and Regional Planners (This body was later to merge with the Development Planning Association of South Africa and became the South African Planning Institute). In late 1990 he rejoined Vincent Leggo Associates as an Associate.
In late 1994 Vincent Leggo Associates merged with the town planning section of Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick (SWK). While here he was part of the of the KwaZulu-
In 1996 John joined the Development and Services Board (uMsekeli Municipal Support Services) in Pietermaritzburg where he was the Director: Environmental Planning and was responsible for town planning and building control for a number of smaller towns situated throughout the province of KwaZulu-
In 1999 John joined the Outer West Local Council as the Manager: Planning & Development in their Hillcrest office in which role he was responsible for town planning and building control for an area which covered from Kloof in the east to Cato Ridge in the west to Mpumalanga in the south. Here he was directly responsible in 2000 for replacing the then fourteen separate planning schemes with a single Consolidated Outer West Town Planning Scheme. This scheme was last updated under his direction in 2006.
From late in 2000 the Outer West area has operated as an integral part of the metropolitan eThekwini Municipality and with levels of ever-
He was appointed as a Designated Officer in terms of the Development Facilitation Act in 1999 until his formal retirement, charged with facilitating and coordinating DFA land use applications between the respective applicants and the Development Tribunal.
In 2007 John was appointed as a Project Executive within the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department within the Development Planning Environment & Management Unit in Durban until his retirement in July 2009. Here he provided town planning guidance to that department and produced a Town Planning Guideline for persons new to town planning that, amongst other, succinctly covered the Natal Town Planning Ordinance, while cross referencing it to the equivalent sections of the KwaZulu Land Affairs Act town planning regulations and to the then draft of the new KZN Planning and Development Act. He guided a project that led to the Durban Metropolitan Open Space System (D’MOSS) being transformed from a policy to an integral component of the respective town planning schemes of eThekwini Municipality.
Following his formal retirement in 2009, John, operating as John Forbes Associates, provided ongoing support for several years to the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department (EPCPD). Amongst other tasks with EPCPD, he also provided input for the Unit as a whole in an initiative to establish citywide Development Charges and he managed the introduction of Mixed Use zoning for the then unzoned Mount Moreland area near the then new King Shaka International Airport.
In 2011 he was the primary author of “An Introduction to Municipal Planning” in a joint project between SALGA, SAPI, MILE and the eThekwini Municipality. In 2012/13 John prepared a comprehensive Developer’s Guidebook for the eThekwini Municipality and in 2013/14 he undertook a study for eThekwini investigating “The Impact of the National Building Regulations and Planning Legislation on Development” on not only Durban, but also on the metropoles of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria (Tshwane).
In June 2012 John was appointed as a member of the KwaZulu-
In 2015 he contributed input towards the then draft KZN Model Municipal Planning By-
In September 2015 John was appointed as a member of the Msunduzi Appeal Advisory Panel. [City of Pietermaritzburg].
In March 2016 John was appointed as a member of the Umgungundlovu Joint Municipal Planning Tribunal (JMPT). This body serves all the Local Municipalities within the District Municipality other than for the Msunduzi Municipality. The area of responsibility of the JMPT includes, amongst others, the towns of Hilton, Howick and Mooi River.