Building the smart cities of tomorrow - 9 April 2019

The Public Sector ICT Forum hosted its first event for 2019 at the trendy Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice in Pretoria, Menlyn. The event was themed “Building the smart cities of tomorrow”. We had an excellent lineup of speakers discussing key topics such as; future smart city projects, how we will meet the energy demands for smart cities and the impact smart city initiates have on citizens.

According to Cyril Baloyi, Group Chief Technology Officer for the City of Johannesburg, “A smart city will result in a self-sustaining ecosystem, where value and jobs will be created.

The MC for the forum was Fifi Peters, anchor on CNBC Africa’s flagship markets shows, ‘Power Lunch’ and ‘Closing Bell’. She did an excellent job on setting the scene for the event and encouraging audience participation.

The event was rounded off with a highly interactive panel discussion comprising all speakers and the Public Sector ICT Forum Chair person, Mandla Mkhwanazi, the Digital Business Leader of Transnet. During this open discussion Mr. Mkhwanazi mentioned the upcoming smart village and township initiative that the Public Sector ICT forum is planning in Polokwane. This means that the Public Sector ICT Forum is more than an idea sharing and discussion forum, but also one of action.

Topics discussed at the forum:

Contrasting and comparing the smart city initiatives of South Africa with other countries in the region, and assessing the key areas on which to focus Mark Walker, associate VP, sub-Saharan Africa, IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Johannesburg’s evolution as a smart city: Reviewing past projects and the future direction and initiatives the city is working on Lawrence Boya, Director: Smart City Unit, City of Johannesburg

How to meet the energy demands of smart cities
Dr Xolani Khayelihle Ngobese, inter-governmental delivery contracting advisor in programme and project management, National Department of Human Settlements

Impact of Digitalization to Citizen Centricity
Cyril Baloyi, Group Chief Technology Officer, City of Johannesburg

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