Explainer: How would 'smart city' from Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA work?

Explainer: How would 'smart city' from Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA work?

- During SONA, Ramaphosa vowed that so-called "smart cities" would be built in the coming decade

- This refers to cities aimed at improving residents' quality of life

- Such a city would involve residents living close to their places of work, among other perks

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During his State of the Nation Address, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that one of his goals for the coming years is to create a so-called "smart city".

The president described this as a place with "skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories".

But what exactly is a smart city and how would it work?

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Radio 702's Bongani Bingwa interviewed a University of Johannesburg professor, Wai Sze Leung, about the topic.

Leung said that in such a city people would "live very close to where they work", and all possible aspects of the city would be aimed at maximising efficiency and improving residents' quality of life. 

Leung added that a smart city would be as sustainable as possible, with water being reused, for example. 

It seems that Ramaphosa hopes that these smart cities will tie in with some of his other goals for the next decade, such as ensuring that all 10-year-olds can "read for meaning" and that no South African goes hungry, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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While the construction of such cities is a laudable goal, it seems that Ramaphosa faces considerable challenges in merely stimulating the economy, let alone constructing fully-equipped smart cities.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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