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Webinar recording: Engineering robust smart cities in Africa


Brian Williams, Industry Advisor: Energy & Natural Resources, SAP EMEA South

Songo Didiza, Founding Director of Green Building Design Group

Dr Minnesh Bipath, Acting CIO and General Manager: Smart Grids, Data & Knowledge Management at SANEDI

The webinar looked at the following aspects:

  • Cultivating the smart city framework for African cities
  • Unpacking the pillars of a smart city
  • Addressing cyber threats and privacy issues in smart city infrastructure
  • The benefits of moving toward agile smart city designs

Urban growth is a strain on the capacity of government to provide basic services, such as water, electricity and public transport.

It is estimated that currently 40% of Africa’s population lives in cities and this is expected to increase to 50% by the mid-2030s.

The World Population Review estimates the Lagos population to be over 21 million, while Nairobi is predicted around 4 million and Johannesburg at approximately 5 million.

Within this encroaching threat lies the opportunity to engineer Africa’s smart cities.

According to the Edison Electric Institute and the Smart Cities Council: “Far too many cities and electric companies are developing their programmes in isolation.”’

Cities and electric companies should not miss this opportunity to work together in building robust smart cities in Africa.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.