Anneke Muller

Anneke Muller is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Leadership. She was appointed to this position in 1997 as part of the then Department of Town and Regional Planning, which amalgamated with the Department of Public Management to form the School of Public Management and Planning, (later becoming the School of Public Leadership).

She is the overall convenor of the Sustainable Development Planning specialisation of the MPhil degree in Sustainable Development, which is one of 4 specialisations offered. She teaches development planning legislation; planning theory and practice and development planning and environmental analysis. She is completing her PhD on sustainability and development planning discourses in South Africa. She obtained her BSc degree with Geology and Geography as majors at Stellenbosch University during 1981 and completed her Masters degree in Town and Regional Planning (cum laude) at Stellenbosch University in 1983. She is a professional planner registered with the SA Council for Planners since 1990. She worked for the Provincial Administration Western Cape from 1983 to 1996 in various sections, dealing with planning and development control and low income housing projects in the Cape Metropolitan area; then she headed the research and data analysis section, before being appointed to head the planning legislation and policy section. She was promoted to Deputy Chief Town and Regional Planner in 1993, which position was adjusted to Chief Town and Regional Planner in 1996. In 1999 she was awarded a B. Iuris degree (with distinction) through UNISA. Anneke Muller has also worked as a consultant across a range of projects. This included the drafting of the Western Cape Planning and Development Act, first as provincial official and then as advisor to provincial staff. The Act was approved and published as Western Cape Planning and Development Act 7 of 1999. She advised the former Cape Metropolitan Government on issues relating to the lapsing of land use rights in terms of the Land Use Planning Ordinance (LUPO), which lead to amendments of LUPO. She also advised the Metropolitan Transport Advisory Board on Century City's development rights. During 2001 to 2003 she was involved with combining and revising the zoning schemes of Oostenberg (now part of the new Cape Town Municipality zoning scheme) and combining the various schemes of Stellenbosch Municipality. Her speciality interests and research areas include inter alia development planning and environmental law and policies; flexible zonings and land use management; planning theory; participative development; informal and low income housing and human rights. She has successfully supervised the theses of 32 Master’s students and has written a number of journal articles and conference papers.