The Smart City concept is increasingly becoming central to the prevailing public discourse around Africa's urban future. However, as with many technological buzzwords, one has to wonder whether this trend is relevant to African realities. Certainly, if a Smart City is seen as the implementation of high-tech urban innovation exclusively modelled on examples from developed countries, the relevance is extremely low. However, Smart Cities are not just about implementing technology for technology's sake, but rather follow an informed agenda to combat the relevant urban challenges, such as growing populations and issues relating to basic service delivery, education, healthcare, citizen safety, and social inclusion.
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