SONA: Dlamini-Zuma - Ramaphosa's 'smart cities' are achievable

SONA: Dlamini-Zuma - Ramaphosa's 'smart cities' are achievable

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says that President Cyril Ramaphosa's notion of a new 'smart' city is achievable and should be built on the values of a democratic state. Ramaphosa dreams of a bullet train that passes through Johannesburg on the way from Cape Town to Musina.

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dlamini-Zuma says that the president's ideal of a 'smart city' is achievable.

Commenting on the State of the Nation address, Dlamini-Zuma spoke of Ramaphosa's goals for SA's future:

"The city we build must demonstrate democratic spatial planning, it must also be a smart city and illustrate that we are in the 4th Industrial Revolution. Through that city a bullet train will pass, so the railway will also pass. For me it's a very good idea, it's a doable idea and many countries build new cities all the time."

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During his address, Ramaphosa had touched on the country that South Africans should envision for themselves:

"I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories."

Dlamini-Zuma supports this vision, saying that skilled people will be deployed to create the city, feeling that it will become one of the 'best-run cities', reports IOL.

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