eThekwini on Creating Data Driven, Smart, Liveable and Caring Cities

Sandile Mbatha is a Senior Manager responsible for Research and Policy Advocacy in eThekwini Municipality. We discuss how eThekwini is creating data driven, smart, liveable and caring cities.

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  • His career and background.
  • How he defines a 'Smart City' in the African context.
  • Why data is important for Smart Cities and how it should be used.
  • How to make sense of large amounts of complex data.
  • Challenges keeping us from data driven, liveable and caring cities.
  • How these challenges can be tackled.
  • Innovative Smart City projects at eThekwini Municipality.
  • Lessons learned from international experiences.
  • How a bit of intellectual arrogance can help you move forward.
  • His vision for the future of cities.

About Sandile Mbatha
Sandile Mbatha is responsible for Research and Policy Advocacy within the Office of Strategic Management in the eThekwini Municipality. His work highlights the use of data as a catalyst for decision-making and policy formulation.

He is passionate about co-creating tools, systems and processes for improving service delivery and supporting development work in general. His work is focused on supporting evidence-based strategic decision-making and management approaches, and the move towards becoming a smart city.

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