PIET VAN ZYLTRP (SA), BSc (Town & Regional Planning), M (City & Regional Planning), MSAPI, PPSAPIEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – STRATEGY & PLANNING, CITY OF CAPE TOWNPiet van Zyl was appointed as Executive Director for Strategy & Planning by the City of Cape Town on 15 May 2007. His management portfolio includes Planning and Land Use Management, Spatial Planning and Urban Design, Environmental Resource Management, Strategic Development Information and Geographic Information Systems.Prior to taking up this position with the City, he was the Executive Manager – Planning and Development of Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Ltd (V&AW) in Cape Town for just over 17 years. During this period the V&A Waterfront was developed into one of the world’s foremost mixed-use waterfront projects. The focus of his management portfolio at the V&AW was to integrate the project conceptualisation, urban planning and urban conservation aspects of the V&A Waterfront Project, to obtain the statutory planning and heritage approvals from the various Government authorities and then to project manage the retail, commercial, industrial and hotel development projects in the V&A Waterfront. Between 1990 and 2007 he was responsible for a development portfolio of ZA Rand 2,5 billion (approx. US$ 350 million) of development projects. Between 1998 and 2005, his professional experience with the V&AW also included work as a consultant on waterfront projects in Mauritius, Portsmouth, Gabon, Nigeria, Greece, the Russian Federation and the Sultanate of Oman.Before joining the V&AW he also spent the formative years of his professional career, between 1981 and 1990, with the City of Cape Town, initially as an Urban Planner, later as Chief Engineer (Planning) and finally as the City’s Development Co-ordinator.