The recent announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa about developing a “smart city” in South Africa has created quite a stir and has triggered a lot of conversation. Unfortunately, it seems not many people are thrilled about the idea.
Much of the negativity stems not from the concept of the smart city itself, but from the state of the country and the challenges that South Africans face. As one person put it: “How smart will the president’s smart city be during load shedding?”
Listen to Bilal Kathrada discuss the incorrect perceptions about smart cities and how technology can provide effective solutions for many of the problems South African cities and their residents face.