List of smart cities announced in Africa

These are all cities whose governments have announced their launch as “smart cities”, with live projects underway. Bear in mind that these cities may have been announced as smart cities, but might not be pervasively so. This would take years, of course. This list will be updated as more smart cities are announced. Benin Sèmè…

Africa’s Future Is Urban

Yes, we all kinda knew that, didn’t we? That’s not to say there’s nothing for rural, but there’s economy in cities. A recent report, the African Futures paper, by Julia Bello-Schünemann and Ciara Aucoin of the Institute for Security Studies has brought to light some big numbers. The report forecasts that in 2030, Lagos, Cairo and Kinshasa will each have to cater…

The air we breathe

Air pollution in African cities is a bigger problem than anticipated. But there’s a light at the end of this tunnel.

World Bank Report on African Cities

Urbanization is the engine of population growth for the continent, with most of the expansion in the urban populations coming from natural growth, not rural-to-urban migration, as we often assume.

3 ways to explore Joburg

Everyone should make an effort to get to know the city they live in. The beauty of cities is that they are so vast and complex that one can never fully know them; only scratch the surface. There are some fantastic city tours in Joburg which give a most glorious scratch: The Red Bus is a must…

More ways to #DiscoverGauteng

The GCRO Ward Profile Viewer shows  quality of life, SAMPI (SA Multidimensional Poverty Index) and Census data. Pretty fascinating to see who lives in your hood and what they think. https://gcro1.wits.ac.za/wardprofileviewer/ The Gauteng City Region Observatory releases regular reports – sign up to their newsletter if you like playing with online maps! They have a very…

Joburg floods: We had it coming

Could last week’s insane flooding have been avoided? In 2014 a team of researchers from North West University, University of Pretoria and Wits University did some investigation. They looked at climate futures, and with this, the impacts on water services in Ekurhuleni. They found that urbanisation has had a major effect on our cities’ ability to…

GeoJozi Developer Winners

The City of Joburg is going full steam ahead in promoting ICT. If you haven’t heard about Tshimologong, Braamfontein’s new digital innovation hub, where have you been? (Well, a friend of mine who studies electrical engineering there hadn’t heard about it a month after it was launched. They were in the middle of the #FeesMustFall riots though) The…

It began a long time ago…

There is a lot happening in the world right now that’s changing the way we live our lives. What catches my eye is how cities are evolving and how we in turn adjust our lives. Or is it vice versa? I’ve been following the city development conversation for a few years now. I’ve been interested…