The 2016 African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town spoke of an African urban ‘polycrisis’ encompassing a range of ‘wicked’ problems which will only be compounded as urban populations grow, unless we devote maximum resources to achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities through sound urban management policies.
Urbanisation should be viewed as a threat and an opportunity, and while smart city planning is often led by the public sector the private sector plays an important role in laying the foundation of future African cities. Massive opportunities for profit are available for private sector organisations who can innovate, especially in housing, mobility and technology.
The 2017 Summit in Johannesburg explores the interdependent levers of project development, mobility, housing and technology in the African urbanisation context.
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