Smart Cities, Township and Villages:
Connecting the future

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Venue: Fusion Boutique Hotel, Polokwane
Time: 09:00 – 14:30

In his recent State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “We are faced with a stark choice. It is a choice between being overtaken by technological change or harnessing it to serve our developmental aspirations. It is a choice between entrenching inequality or creating shared prosperity through innovation.”

The president has been focused on the influence that technology and the fourth industrial revolution can have on the country. There’s no better way to harness the benefits of technologies for communities than integrating it into the fabric of their habitats. The idea of a smart city and all the components that go with it will drive a digital economy and improve service delivery to citizens.

South Africa has seen changes in its cities with enhanced broadband penetration and other fibre initiatives, from smart traffic and security cameras to smart meters.

  • But, how do we accelerate the process of evolving our cities to become smart?
  • How do we match service delivery expectations to those of the digital citizen?
  • How do we integrate all the standalone technologies into an integrated system?
  • How do we ensure those citizens who don’t live in the bigger cities are also catered to?

The Public Sector ICT Forum’s ‘Smart Cities’ session will provide you with the answers to these questions. By attending, you’ll hear how we can take strides to transform SA’s cities, townships and other locales to improve the lives of our citizens.

Your Host for the day: Fifi Peters

Your host for the day is the glamourous Fifi Peters, who is renowned for her work on CNBC as an anchor on CNBC Africa's flagship markets shows, 'Power Lunch' and 'Closing Bell'. She is an alumnus of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism training programme that is run in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Peters has also worked as a writer for the Business Day and Financial Mail, where she reported on the markets, economy and several sectors, including manufacturing, construction, financial services, retail and banking.

She is also an MC and moderator, having done work for Vodacom, MTN and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. In her spare time, she is a commentator on Classic FM's business show.

The Public Sector ICT Forum provides a platform and opportunity for public sector ICT decision-makers to come together, engage and discuss key topics.

During this event, we will explore how to create a digital economy through smart cities.

Attendance is free, the only pre-requisite is that you must be a senior-level public sector ICT decision-maker, a CIO, GITO or DG/DDG focused on ICT strategy within your government department (national or provincial level) or at a parastatal.

This event will answer the following questions:

  • How we compare our SA cities to other cities
  • How to meet the energy demands of smart cities
  • How we can drive home grown digital solutions for smart cities
  • How we can gain strides to transform our cities into smart cities


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