Ramaphosa on his smart city dream: The future must be built now

Ramaphosa on his smart city dream: The future must be built now

Yesterday during the State of the Nation Address Debate, President Cyril Ramaphosa's 'dreams' for South Africa were torn apart by opposition parties. However, the president has explained in greater detail why Mzansi's future depends on visions.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa caused a buzz with his dreams of 'smart cities' and bullet trains during his SONA.

During his response to MPs' reactions to his address, the president explained that the current expanding population is driving the need to house the nation's citizens:

"At the current rate of urbanisation, and at the current rate of population growth, it is estimated that the cities will need to accommodate an extra 10 million people by 2030. The question that we all need to confront is: Where will all these people live?"

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Ramaphosa explained that South Africa is already experiencing major backlogs in job opportunities, education, social services and land in communities, something that would be addressed by the creation of new cities.

The ideal, according to the president, is for poor people to live in the city centres, noting that the apartheid system took the people out of economic hubs:

"This situation is not sustainable, and unless we find effective solutions it is only going to get worse. It is time to face reality."

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema had denounced Ramaphosa's address for not giving a detailed plan for land expropriation without compensation.

Ramaphosa explained that Parliament is currently working on changing the laws in this regard, which is something that will happen, but will take time to achieve.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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