The Knysna Municipality has appointed Mr Mike Maughan-Brown as Director Planning and Development. The town’s former Manager Town Planning and Building Control has been acting in his newly appointed position for most of last year in addition to his duties as manager. His appointment is effective immediately and is, like all senior management posts at the Municipality, a five-year contract position.
Municipal Manager Lauren Waring said she was delighted to retain the experience and expertise of Mr Maughan-Brown who had served the town for many years, both as Manager Town Planning and Building Control as well as consultant in the private sector. “He has an intricate knowledge of all aspects of town planning and its related fields, and has proven exceptionally good at managing a large staff compliment and wide-ranging tasks and projects. He has also played a major role in the consolidation of the Estuary Pollution Action Plan, which is currently being very successfully implemented. I look forward to continue working with Mr Maughan-Brown and know that Knysna will continue to benefit from all he has to offer,” said Ms Waring.
Mr Mike Maughan-Brown holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning (UCT) and has 32 years’ experience in related fields, which started with more than five years of post-graduate lecturing at the Universities of Cape Town and Natal.
While working at the Urban Foundation in the late 1980s, he was involved in the development of the Foundation’s approach to in-situ-upgrade of informal settlements – the first time that such upgrades were seriously considered in South Africa – and managed the first community-based informal settlement upgrade project in Crossroads in Cape Town.
The town planning practice he started in partnership with two others in Durban in 1993 (Seneque Smit and Maughan-Brown) became part of the UK-based multi-national, multi-disciplinary consulting company Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, of which he became a director. The firm’s competitive advantage was rooted in a consultative approach that dealt with all planning issues, including Social Impact Analysis and Management on large infrastructure projects – before the Environmental Conservation Act Regulations required any such assessments. He was also involved in the formulation of the first Reconstruction and Development Project in KwaZulu Natal, and in the development of the first Integrated Development Plans, long before such plans were incorporated into the Municipal Systems Act.
Mr Maughan-Brown moved to Knysna in 1998 to become a director and sawmill manager at Geelhoutvlei Timbers. In 2003 he established a consulting practice that worked on a wide variety of projects dealing with all aspects of town and regional planning, including several large scale projects in the Southern and Eastern Cape.
He joined the municipality as Manager: Town Planning and Building Control in June 2009.
“My objectives are to assist and support the Municipal Manager in the work already begun to expand the strategic vision of the municipality and to set a direction that will ensure the future of the organisation as an effective and efficient provider of services and facilitator of sustainable development in the municipal area.
“This includes the design and implementation of an integrated suite of plans comprising a Strategic Development Framework, a Human Settlement Strategy, an Economic Development Strategy and an Environmental Management Framework that will guide the actions and investments of the municipality in the short, medium and long term and will facilitate the economic growth of the town so that the people can have employment and opportunities and the businesses can prosper,” said Mr Maughan-Brown.
The Directorate Planning and Development includes the Departments Integrated Development Planning (IDP), Economic Development, Human Settlements, Environmental Services, and Town Planning and Building Control.
Mr Maughan-Brown’s appointment is the first of four directorships that are expected to be filled this year. The appointments of the new Director Community Services and Director Corporate Services are being finalised. The post of Director Technical Services is currently being re-advertised.
Ms Waring said the Directorships Corporate and Community were up for renewal last year while two were vacant because of a resignation in Technical Services, and because of her own appointment as Municipal Manager from the Directorship Planning and Development.
Mr Maughan-Brown’s appointment has created a vacancy for Manager Town Planning and Development, which is also currently in the recruitment process.