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New 5G-ready smart city ‘taking shape’, says South African President

The city is one of 30 new developments planned for Gauteng province.


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said a new smart city, which will be home to up to 500,000 people within the next decade, is “taking shape” in Lanseria, Gauteng.


The development was first announced in June 2019, when Ramaphosa noted that 70 per cent of South Africans will be living in urban areas by 2030 and major cities are becoming overcrowded.


The development will be a “truly post-apartheid city" that will "change the social and economic apartheid spatial architecture," said President Ramaphosa.


In his recent State of the Nation address, Ramaphosa said the new city will be 5G-ready and aims to be an international exemplar for green infrastructure.


He said the development will be a “truly post-apartheid city" that will "change the social and economic apartheid spatial architecture”.


Rural roads pilot


The development is being led by the Investment and Infrastructure Office and the local governments of Gauteng and North West, working together with the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Madibeng.


“Working with development finance institutions, we have 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,” Ramaphosa said.


He added that an "alternative rural roads programme" will also be piloted in the city and four experimental road stretches of 50km each will be constructed.


An alternative rural roads programme will also be piloted in the city.


He commented: “This initiative will ensure cost-effective solutions for the state, meaningful skills transfer and higher potential for labour intensive job creation than conventional roads construction methods.”


Gauteng province plans to build 30 new cities, with investments totalling over R100 billion (£5.14 billion).


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