Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey in urban planning and development? The Housing Development Agency (HDA) Town Planner Internship is open for applications. 

As a national public sector development agency, the Housing Development Agency is a leader in acquiring, preparing, and developing land for housing and human settlements. They are actively seeking dedicated Town Planner Interns to be part of their dynamic teams in Cape Town and Mahikeng, contributing to the creation of sustainable and engaging urban environments.

These roles offer a unique chance to launch your career with an organization committed to transforming urban spaces for the betterment of communities. Join the Housing Development Agency and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of urban living.

About the Company

As a cornerstone of public sector development since 2009, the Housing Development Agency focuses on land acquisition, preparation, and development to address South Africa’s housing needs. Collaborating with stakeholders, we aim to deliver innovative housing solutions.

Town Planner Internship Overview

  • Company: Housing Development Agency (HDA)
  • Location: Mahikeng, North West & Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Stipend: R84,000 per annum (all-inclusive)
  • Closing Date: 21 February 2024
  • Reference Numbers:
    North West: Town Planning Internship NW Programme (HDA) 2024
    Western Cape: Cape Town Internship Programme (HDA) 2024

About the Position

The Housing Development Agency’s Town Planner Internship Programme, spanning twelve months, offers a comprehensive platform for graduates from both universities and technology universities to immerse themselves in the construction and human settlements sector.

This meticulously designed programme not only aims to furnish participants with practical work experience but also focuses on cultivating a deep understanding of urban planning, land development strategies, and sustainable settlement solutions.

Participants will be actively involved in projects that challenge and enhance their academic knowledge, preparing them for a robust career in town planning. Through this initiative, interns will contribute to real-world projects, gaining insights that bridge theoretical knowledge with practical application, thereby playing a pivotal role in transforming and shaping the landscape of human settlements.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree Requirement: Must hold a BTech or BSc in Town & Regional Planning or a closely related field.
  • Residency Requirement: Should reside in Mahikeng or Cape Town, prioritizing local talent.
  • Experience Requirement: Ideal for fresh graduates without prior work experience, aiming to bridge academic knowledge with practical application.
  • Career Stage: Specifically targeted at individuals entering the professional world for the first time.

Skills Required

  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyze data and information critically.
  • Communication Abilities: Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Interest in Urban Planning: Passion for urban and regional planning.
  • Software Proficiency: Skilled in using relevant planning software tools.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project Management Insight: Learn the ins and outs of managing housing and settlement projects from start to finish.
  • Land Development Experience: Get hands-on experience in the processes of land development, from planning to execution.
  • Strategic Planning Skills: Develop skills in strategic planning for urban and regional development under expert guidance.
  • Professional Mentorship: Receive mentorship from experienced professionals in the housing and human settlements sector, enhancing learning and professional growth.

How to Apply

To apply for the internship, email

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Additional Information

The Housing Development Agency is an equal opportunity employer. Appointments will be made according to the HDA Employment Equity policy, with priority given to individuals living with disabilities and females. The HDA reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Remember, this Town Planner internship offers more than just a stepping stone in your career; it presents a platform to make a lasting impact, offering you the chance to be a part of something larger than yourself. Your work with House DA will lay the foundation for thriving communities and play a crucial role in shaping the future of urban development in South Africa.