Commissioner Profile

Ms Susan Muriel Brouckaert (Sue Bannister)

Ms Bannister is a professional planner focussing on a range of issues including urban and economic development, spatial planning, data analysis and visualisation. She is a founding partner of City Insight Pty Ltd, a company involved in research, information, advice and capacity building on development issues, in particular those relating to local government and planning. Ms Bannister has worked in diverse international contexts such as India and Palestine, national and local governments across Africa, and many major municipalities focussing on building democratic, developmental and diverse local governments.

Ms Bannister was previously a senior manager in eThekwini Municipality, where she managed a number of large scale planning and development projects and was involved in delivering over R5bn of major infrastructural projects, including the delivery of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the regeneration of the Durban beachfront.

Prior to this, Ms Bannister worked as a planning consultant focussing on low income housing, housing finance, environmental aspects of housing and rural development issues. Sue has also worked as a fieldworker in a rural development NGO, lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand in the social aspects of planning, and also undertook planning work in the UK.

She holds a BSc Town and Regional Planning (Wits) MPhil in Land Economy (Cambridge) and an MBA (IE, Madrid).