Dutch spatial and transportation policies useful in South Africa?

M.J.W.A. Vanderschuren, Marianne Vanderschuren, M.F.A.M. van Maarseveen

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A shortage of space forced Dutch planners and policy makers to develop and implement advanced and coherent spatial and transportation policies. These policies include topics such as the allocation of land, liveability and safety. Of course South Africa has much more space. Nevertheless limited funds also force South Africa to develop and implement land-use policies and it appears that the goals are not so different from the Dutch ones. The paper looks at whether and how Dutch policies might help solving the local problems. The latest policies (the corridor-approach) show that South Africa moves toward integrated settlement and transport planning. The Dutch integrated spatial and transportation policies are very promising. First results are positive. Although implementation of these policies might be more difficult in SA (The power of local governments is much larger in SA) the expected results of these policies are so high that it is worth a try. Nevertheless, integration of new policies in common practice, need time. After ten years the Netherlands only have the first results. South African should keep this in mind while implementing.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationAction in Transport for the New Millenium. Proceedings of the South African Transportation Conference 2000, 17-20 July 2000
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventSouth African Transport Conference 2000: Action in Transport for the New Millenium - Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 17 Jul 200020 Jul 2000


ConferenceSouth African Transport Conference 2000
Country/TerritorySouth Africa


  • IR-83208
  • METIS-125429

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