11 thought leaders share their definitions of what the term ‘Smart City’ consists of in an African context.
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Musa Khumalo is the Group Head for Shared Services at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town.
Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa.
Bronwyn Williams is a Partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist, and Business Trends Analyst.
Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services.
Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south.
Dr. Marco Macagnano is the Smart Cities Leader at Deloitte Consulting
Bob van Bebber is a Director at Boogertman + Partners Architects and overall winner of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards.
Dr. Oualid Ali is the President of the Future Cities Council.
Jonathan Wilson is the Urban Data Project Manager at the South African Cities Network (SACN).
Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda.
About the Digital Council Africa
Digital technologies offer widespread disruption and will, with it, unlock new opportunities for rapid economic growth, innovation, job creation, and access to services. The goal of the organisation is to stimulate growth in the digital sector by sharing knowledge on this subject with policymakers, operators, and influencers.
The Digital Council's mission is to support public and private sector to work together to deliver on the expectations of a gigabit society. Through developing the digital transformation stack - we hope to educate and guide all involved in the framework and infrastructure for the next generation of Internet applications and platforms and ultimately to remove the boundaries of technological inclusion.
Carlo Barnard is Business Intelligence Specialist at Munsoft and a past municipal CFO at Victor Khanye Local Municipality. We discuss the value in spatial representation of information for a municipality, major challenges that can be visualised and solved, why collaboration between departments is important in the context of using technology, and much more.Play Now
Rehana Moosajee is the founder at The Barefoot Facilitator and a past Member of the Mayoral Committee of the City of Johannesburg. We chat about her background and work at The Barefoot Facilitator, her work with SA Cities Network and National Treasury, NLTA of 2009, having authentic conversations, stakeholder collaboration, Covid-19 and future cities with deeper human connection.Play Now
Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. He was also executive for ecosystems and solutions at SqwidNet, rolling out the SIGFOX IoT network across South Africa. We explore what will stop us from becoming smarter cities, financial models and how future cities can be funded, improving public/ private sector collaboration, current state of IoT in Africa, civilization engineering, role of Blockchain in Africa’s future, what Steve would change if he had a magic wand and his vision of future African cities.Play Now
Juanita Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Council Africa. We explore the rebranding of the FTTX Africa Council to the Digital Council Africa, draft rapid deployment policy, benefits of good local municipal internet connectivity, challenges and opportunities to get stakeholders on the same page, legislation she would change if she had a magic wand, the future of education and work and her vision of future cities.Play Now
Garsen Naidu is GM at Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa. We explore the various impacts of the pandemic, how technology can be used as an enabler to inclusive economic recovery, Smart Cities, IoT in Africa, main lessons taken from 2020, and how cities might change over the next 5 years.Play Now