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7 – 9 JUNE 2022
Gallagher Convention centre

African Smart Cities Summit


Africa is ready to improve its position on the globe through Smart Cities Technology. The ultimate goal of a Smart City is transformational: to achieve enhanced quality of life for citizens and deliver tangible benefits at national, provincial and municipal levels.

The African Smart Cities Summit took place on Tuesday, 24 August 2021 as a co-located event within the African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo. This fourth annual summit, which took on a digital format, aimed to tackle the African definition of smart cities, debate challenges and discuss opportunities, as well as investigate the successes and let-downs the continent has seen thus far. Watch the recordings below.

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Government leadership and public policy. driving smarter cities in Africa Sithole Mbanga, CEO, South African Cities Network, South Africa

Projects and policies, innovative funding and investment for smart-city developments. This leaders’ plenary panel will unpack the opportunities for innovative funding and investment for smart-city developments. Leaders from the public sector will share their policy guidelines to create an environment where smartcities become the new norm given the technological advanced reality the world is in.

Moderator: Reuben Reddy, President, South African Institute of Architects, South Africa

• Honourable Minister Oba John Adebusuyi, Nigeria Representative at the 3rd General Assembly of the African
Union, Economic, Social & Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC), Nigeria
• Richard Matchett, Digital Lead at Zutari, Director at BIMcommUNITY.Africa, South Africa
• Dr Martine Mtonga, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Smart Zambia, Zambia
• Ms. Bridget Shoo, Regional Director: Southern Africa, Enterprise Singapore

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Chairman: Nomonde Ngxola, Executive Head Business Operations, South Africa

Round table discussion: Connectivity as a utility

The concept of a smart city would not be possible without ubiquitous broadband telecommunications. The quality
and reliability of connectivity become critical to the smart city. This session will motivate why broadband infrastructure
should be viewed as a utility like electricity and water. It will also examine the high cost of bandwidth and examine the
effectiveness of Smart Cities.

• Dr Marco Macagnano, Smart Cities Leader, Deloitte Consulting, South Africa
• Rose Moyo, Senior ICT Solution Expert, Huawei Enterprise Southern Africa
• Pieter Pienaar, Chairman, IoT Industry Council, South Africa
• Dominic Papa, Vice President: Smart State Initiatives, Arizona Commerce Authority, USA

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Chairman: Victor Radebe, Founder, Mobility Centre for Africa and Mzansi Aerospace Technologies, South Africa

Opening Remarks from the moderator
Victor Radebe, Founder, Mobility Centre for Africa and Mzansi Aerospace Technologies, South Africa

Road development for smarter infrastructure
The challenges and opportunities associated with transport systems and operations, infrastructure and logistics management in support of industrial and sustainable development.

Sasheen Rajkumar, Project Engineer, SANRAL, South Africa

Think tank: Driving smarter infrastructure for smarter mobility
Technology developments that will support effective reforms for smarter transportation networks.

• Jehan Bhikoo, Professional Officer: Urban Systems, ICLEI Africa
• Edem Foli, Programme Manager, uYilo e-Mobility Programme, South Africa

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Chairman: Ntsiki Mkhize, Founder and Chief Social Entrepreneur at MentHer, South Africa

Opening remarks from the chairman: Making cities for youth and our future generations.

An African Journey through a continent littered with Smart City visions
Mapping out a city and starting to build houses in the middle of nothing is rarely a good thing. Designing a Smart City is more than just drawing up plans and starting to build, and even more than designing a five or six-year roadmap. Are we using the adjective smart too loosely? This session will take and in-depth look into the Smart Cities across the African continent.
Henning Rasmuss, Founding Director, Paragon Group, South Africa

Skills development: New foundational skills in smart cities
In recent decades, communities across the globe have been transformed by the spread of technology to all corners of life. This transformation has extended to the world of work and has disrupted the skills that workers must develop to remain competitive. This session will examine how we can develop the professionals of the future since smart cities are home to disruptive innovations and emerging industries.

• Professor Barry Dwolatzky, Director, Joburg Centre for Software Engineering, School of Electrical & Information
Engineering, Wits, South Africa
• Jabu Makhubu, Lecturer, Architecture & Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
• David Olatunji, President & Founder, African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation
• Trevor Rammitlwa, Chief Executive Officer, National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (NEMISA), South Africa
• Malani Padayachee-Samaan, Chief Executive Officer, MPAMOT Group, South Africa
Moderator: Mr Mpho Moerane, Member of Mayoral Committee for Environment, Infrastructure & Services, City of Joburg, South Africa*
• Dominic Papa, Vice President: Smart State Initiatives, Arizona Commerce Authority, USA
• Kabir Muhammad Mansur, Surveyors Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Smart City Initiatives (NSCI), Nigeria
• Eng. John Tanui, Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Kenya
• Willie Vos, Chief Executive Officer, Waterfall Management Company, South Africa

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Practical examples of global and local smart city solutions and implementations

This session will look at practical case studies from local and international smart and sustainable city initiatives to discover how innovative solutions and technologies can help African cities overcome challenges and become better.


• Dominic Papa, Vice President: Smart State Initiatives, Arizona Commerce Authority, USA
• Kabir Muhammad Mansur, Registrar & Chief Executive Officer, Surveyors Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Smart City Initiatives, Nigeria
• Eng. John Tanui, Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Kenya
• Willie Vos, Chief Executive Officer, Waterfall Management Company, South Africa
• Sithole Mbanga, Chief Executive Officer, South African Network, South Africa


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Commercial opportunities

As we enter a new era, we are re-inventing the way business to business events are being run on the African continent. Facilitating meaningful connections across our industry sectors remains our passion and that’s why we’ve partnered with Virtual Event and Hubilo – the digital event platform built for engagement and event excellence.

It’s time to unlock all the restrictions! Our digital event is here to drive engagement and yield greater business results, giving you access to a wider audience, both live and digitally.

Connect with a wider audience digitally

Reach a wider audience and facilitate networking through the unique digital platform. 

Measure ROI: the digital platform will enable you to glean insights, data and metrics to measure the return on your investment.

Generate leads participants will be able to request meetings via the B2B digital tool to connect digitally.

Why attend?

Debate how smarter cities can alleviate African urban challenges and understand where we stand in leveraging proven smart city solutions in Africa?

Inform yourself about new smart city market developments, solutions and trends

Exchange lessons learned and best practices with like-minded municipalities and public sector

Learn how the right techniques are implemented and avoid costly trial-and -error learning

Explore lessons learned, challenges faced, winning solutions and achieving objectives in various smart city projects.

Discover how public and private sector can better collaborate to drive economic growth for the
futureby attending smart exhibitor demos that will showcase the latest Smart City tech and innovations

Network with a key public and private sector players in attendance, meet with a high quality,
targeted audience of Smart City professionals

Who should attend?

Public and private sector professionals:

• Architects and urban designers
• Chief technology officers
• Development banks and financial institutions
• Developers and property owners
• Engineers
• Facility managers and building operators
• Governments & Inter-Governmental Organisations
• Green Building professionals
• Institutional representatives
• Research & Academia
• Smart city and building consultants
• Start ups and accelerators
• Transportation professionals
• Urban and town planners
• Visionaries and innovation hubs
• Quantity surveyors

Smart technology and service providers in:

• Advanced/ Wireless networks
• Communication and sensor providers
• Citizen services
• Data Analytics/ Tools
• Energy supply/management
• ICT software and technology
• Intelligent/Digital infrastructure
• Internet of Things (IoT)
• Lighting and electrical
• Smart building technologies
• Security
• Mobility
• Utilities
• Transportation
• Waste/ Water management

Confirmed speakers:

2021 Advisory Board members: African Smart Cities Summit



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Huawei itself focuses on ICT infrastructure and smart devices, through open collaboration and innovation, we help promote and protect unified global standards, establish industry and ecosystem alliances, support global open source projects, and drive breakthroughs in key technologies. We need to pool, create, and share resources across the entire industry. Together with industry partners worldwide, we are building an open, global ecosystem that will help the ICT sector to develop more sustainably.



NEXTEC’s in-depth knowledge, proven track record, access to leading, world-class technology and trusted 24/7 maintenance and support make us the technology integrators of choice. NEXTEC is one of the two major operating entities of the EOH Group. NEXTEC comprises skilled, multi-disciplinary teams focusing on two major business lines – Infrastructure Solutions and People Solutions.

The combination of these business lines positions NEXTEC as an ideal partner for public and private entities engaged in large and complex infrastructure projects.

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As a future visionary leader, Sasheen is passionate about inspiring people and creating societal value by harnessing the power of technology and innovation. When developing solutions that will shape the future of our world, he believes that we need to challenge the status quo by first understanding why we do what we do and how we do it. As a driver of smart mobility at SANRAL, he believes in democratizing mobility for everyone while supporting electric, connected, autonomous and sustainable mobility.


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African Smart Cities Innovation Foundation (ASCIF) Is A Development Organization. It’s A Non-Government, Not-For-Profit And Nonsectarian, Non-Partisan Organization Working For The Development Of E-Services By Combining The Government View And Proven Practices In A Powerful Process Of Co-Design. It’s A Human-City Developmental NGO.


The aim of BIMcommUNITY.Africa is to encourage BIM adoption across the continent. Our commUNITY is open to anyone passionate about driving and promoting the adoption of BIM across the continent, across all sectors and industries. The community is vendor-agnostic; it’s about bringing all technologies and solutions to the table and allowing the Community to choose what suits them and their context best. BIMcommUNITYAfrica is built by its members, for its members. Together we have the wisdom, knowledge, insight, expertise, passion and willingness to collectively raise the BIM tide throughout Africa.


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For sponsorship enquiries contact:

Kenneth Masvikeni

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For programme enquiries contact:

Lindiwe Nkosi
T: +27 21 700 5500 | M: +2767 266 0115
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