Chief Town and Regional Planner (Grade A-B) at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Directorate: Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Services
Salary: R939 408 – R1 755 627 per annum, (Salary will be in accordance with the OSD requirements)
Location: North West (Mmabatho)


  • Applicants must be in possession of a Grade 12 Certificate and Bachelor’s Degree in Town and Regional planning / City and Regional planning / Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Compulsory registration with the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) as a Professional Town and Regional Planner on appointment.
  • Minimum of 6 years post qualification Town and Regional Planning experience required.
Job related knowledge:
  • Programme and project management.
  • Town and Regional legal and operational compliance.
  • Town and Regional principles and methodologies.
  • Town and Regional planning processes and procedures.
  • Research and development.
  • Computer-aided applications.
  • Town and Regional knowledge of compliance.
  • Creating high performance culture.
  • Technical consulting.
Job related skills:
  • Strategic management and direction skills,
  • Analytical skills,
  • Creative skills,
  • Self- management skills,
  • Communication skills,
  • Language proficiency,
  • Computer literacy,
  • Change management skills,
  • Negotiation skills
  • Knowledge management skills.
  • A valid driver’s licence.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide town and regional planning forecasting.
  • Estimate the future needs for housing, business and industrial sites, community facilities and open spaces in order to meet the needs of expansion and renewal.
  • Lead and direct the projections for future needs in traffic and transportation to inform appropriate town and regional planning.
  • Provide technical assistance to professional teams on all aspects regarding town and regional planning projects.
  • Lead and manage the application of town and regional planning principles in land development.
  • Ensure adherence to legal issues and requirements involving community development and changes in Spatial Planning and Land Use Management.
  • Monitor the implementation of development in compliance with applicable legislations and town and regional planning standards and guidelines.
  • Manage the compilation and adoption of technical and planning standards, norms and guidelines.
  • Formulate and interpret planning legislations, guidelines, policies and regulations.
  • Manage site clearance standards as agree with Project Managers.
  • Plan and design sustainable human settlement.
  • Compile Spatial Development Frameworks (SDFs) as part of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) processes.
  • Compile guidelines and evaluate Land Use Management Schemes (LUMS).
  • Provide governance.
  • Allocate, monitor and control resources.
  • Compile risk logs and manage significant risk according to sound risk management practices and organisational requirements.
  • Provide technical consulting services for the operation of architectural related matters to minimise possible architectural risk.
  • Manage and implement knowledge sharing initiatives e.g. short-term assignments and secondments within and across operations in support of individual development plans, operational requirements and return on investment.
  • Monitor the exchange and protection of information between operations and individuals to ensure effective knowledge management according to departmental objectives.
  • Provide financial management.
  • Ensure the availability and management of funds to meet Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) objectives within the architectural environment / services.
  • Manage the operational capital project portfolio for the operation to ensure effective resourcing according to organisational needs and objectives.
  • Manage the commercial value added to the discipline related programmes and projects.
  • Facilitate the compilation of innovation proposals to ensure validity and adherence to organisational principles.
  • Allocate, monitor and control expenditure according to budget to ensure efficient cashflow management.
  • Provide people management.
  • Manage the development, motivation and utilisation of human resources for the discipline to ensure competent knowledge base for the continued success of architectural services according to organisational needs and requirements.
  • Manage sub-ordinates key performance areas by setting and monitoring performance standards and taking actions to correct deviations to achieve departmental objectives.

Enquiries: Mr KE Sebitiele Tel No: (018) 388 7115

How to Apply for Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Vacancies

Applications can be submitted by post to: Private Bag X74, Mmabatho, 2735 or hand delivered to: Cnr James Moroka and Sekame Drive, West Gallery, Megacity, Mmabatho, 2735.

NOTE: African, Coloured, Indian and White Males and African, Coloured, Indian and White Females and Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: 05 December 2022 at 16:00

The application must include only completed and signed new Z83 Form,
obtainable from any Public Service Department or on the DPSA web site link: and a detailed Curriculum Vitae. Certified copies of Identity Document, Grade 12 Certificate and the highest required qualifications as well as a driver’s licence where necessary, will only be submitted by shortlisted candidates to Human Resources on or before the day of the interview date. Failure to do so will result in your application being disqualified.

Foreign qualifications must be accompanied by an evaluation report issued by SAQA. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all foreign qualifications evaluated by SAQA and to provide proof of such evaluation report (only when shortlisted).

The requirements for appointment at SMS level include the successful completion of the Senior Management Pre-entry Programme as endorsed by the NSG. Prior to appointment, a candidate would be required to complete the Nyukela Programme: Pre-entry Certificate to Senior Management Services as endorsed by DPSA which is an online course, endorsed by the National School of Government (NSG). The course is available at the NSG under the name Certificate for entry into the SMS and the full details can be sourced by the following link: No appointment will take place without the successful completion of the pre-entry certificate and submission of proof thereof.

All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to a technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job, the logistics of which will be communicated by the Department. Following the interview and technical exercise, the selection panel will recommend candidates to attend a generic managerial competency assessment in compliance with the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Directive on the Implementation of Competency Based Assessments. The competency assessment will be testing generic managerial competencies using the mandated DPSA SMS competency assessment tools.

Applications: Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered. If you apply for more than 1 post, please submit separate applications for each post that you apply for.

Due to the large number of applications we envisage to receive, applications will not be acknowledged. Should you not be contacted within 3 months of the closing date of the advertisement, please consider your application to be unsuccessful. Should, during any stage of the recruitment process, a moratorium be placed on the filling of posts or the Department is affected by any process such as, but not limited to, restructuring or reorganisation of posts, the Department reserves the right to cancel the recruitment process and re-advertise the post at any time in the future.

Important: DALRRD is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity in DALRRD through the filling of posts. The Department reserves the right not to fill a position. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for assessments and interviews at a date and time as determined by the Department. All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to personnel suitability checks. The successful candidate will be subjected to undergo security vetting. DALRRD will conduct reference checks which may include social media profiles of the shortlisted candidates.

Applicants must declare any pending criminal, disciplinary or any other allegations or investigations against them. Should this be uncovered during / after the interview took place, the application will not be considered and in the unlikely event that the person has been appointed such appointment will be terminated. The successful candidate will be appointed subject to positive results of the security clearance process. The successful candidate will be required to enter into an employment contract and sign a performance agreement with the Department. All applicants are required to declare any conflict or perceived conflict of interest, to disclose memberships of Boards and directorships that they may be associated with.