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Tanya Zack wins national planning award for groundbreaking inner city research


Tanya Zack has been awarded the South African Planning Institute's (SAPI) National Planning Award in the academic category for the Cross Border Shopping Research. The award is sponsored by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP).

The Cross Border Shopping Research examines the nature of cross border trade in the inner city of Johannesburg.

The study maps the centre of cross border shopping, the goods purchased and the density of affected trade in the inner city. It provides an indication of the contribution of cross border trade to the economy of the inner city and scopes the critical factors that contribute to or threaten the successful operation of cross border trade in inner city of Johannesburg.

The study also offers recommendations for appropriate responses from state authorities to these challenges and opportunities.

Zack, owner of Tanya Zack Development Planners, has been involved in numerous key projects in and around Johannesburg over the past two decades. She is the co-author of the revised Inner City Charter for City of Johannesburg and project managed and co-authored the Bad Buildings strategy for City of Johannesburg in 2009.

About the SAPI National Awards

The SAPI National Awards were established in 2008 to:

  • Reflect on and recognizse the valuable contributions that individuals and organizations make

  • Inspire their continued involvement and those of others

  • Promote the key role of the planning profession in public life.

  • Every two years SAPI recognizes valuable contributions and extraordinary performance in all aspects of the planning profession.


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