Smart City Re-Announced
Speaking in the most recent State Of the Nation Address (SONA), President announced that the government is currently ‘conceptualising’ post-apartheid smart cities in provinces around the country. He said that these infrastructure projects form a key part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery plan.
“The Lanseria Smart City (Gauteng), the first new city to be built in a democratic South Africa, is now a reality in the making,” he said.
“The draft masterplan for this smart city – which will become home to between 350,000 to 500,000 people within the next decade – was completed in November 2020 and is now out for public comment.”
Ramaphosa also said that the government’s R100 billion infrastructure fund is already in operation and that the country has billions of rands for planned infrastructure development, including upgraded highways.
“We have now developed an infrastructure investment project pipeline worth R340 billion in network industries such as energy, water, transport and telecommunications,” he added, “This includes the rehabilitation of the N1, N2, and N3 highways, the student housing infrastructure program, and the Mokolo and Crocodile River water project.”
Already announced in 2020
Ramaphosa had previously announced the Lanseria smart city project in the 2020 SONA. The Investment and Infrastructure Office in the Presidency is leading the project alongside the provincial governments of Gauteng and North West, working together with the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Madibeng.
Working with development finance institutions, the President said that the government has put together an innovative process that will fund the bulk sewerage, electricity, water, digital infrastructure, and roads that will be the foundation of the new city that “will not only be smart and 5G ready but will be a leading benchmark for green infrastructure”, he said.