Future Cities Africa podcast

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Future Cities Africa hosts digital discussions with thought leaders and experts at the forefront of major trends, projects, innovations, challenges and opportunities impacting the future of African Cities.

Major drivers such as rapid urbanisation, health crisis, climate change, inadequate infrastructure, technology advancement and more are creating an urgent need for African Cities to become sustainable, livable and workable.

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GreenCape's Alternative Service Delivery Unit (ASDU) is working with different informal settlements to improve their access to basic services. This episode explores the ASDU, principles of co-design in asset based community development, and the impact of this and other ASDU project partnerships. This episode is presented in partnership with GreenCape in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Listen or watch to understand: Guests in this conversation: Reshmi Wolvers, ASDU Project Manager at GreenCape and Jack Radmore , Energy Programme Manager and Climate Finance Lead at GreenCape. Background to the ASDU.  How the ASDU at GreenCape came about. The impact of the work to date. The research process to better understand the different and most pressing needs of communities. Principles of co-design in asset based community development. How to support improved access to basic services in informal settlements. Lessons learned from implementing projects in Freedom Farm and Malawi Camp The focus of the work that the ASDU is doing with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. What the ASDU hopes to achieve over the next few years. The importance of effective stakeholder collaboration when it comes to alternative service delivery and what more can be done to improve this collaboration. The role of local government in providing alternative service delivery. All episodes here: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Oct 21

28 min 36 sec

GreenCape and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom are running a series of Green Economy decision-makers courses that have a reach into African cities. This episode explores the decision-makers courses, the planned Symposium, and the impact that this initiative is seeing by equipping decision-makers to understand and align their strategies with green economy principles. This episode is presented in partnership with GreenCape in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Listen or watch to understand: Guests in this conversation: Lindiwe van Staden, Project Manager for Skills Development at GreenCape and Genesis Cleveland, Regional Project Manager at Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Background to FNF’s involvement in the Green Economy. Explanation of the Green Economy decision-makers course and Symposium. Who the decision-makers are in this context, and why the training is focused on them. How to access the course materials via GreenCape ’s Youtube  channel. (Waste, Energy and Water courses) Examples of positive impact from running these courses. The objectives of the Symposium themed: A new vision for delivering green economy solutions for African communities. How aligning to green economy principles potentially shape the future of African cities? The potential consequences when decision-makers do not understand and align their strategies with green economy principles. Spoiler: We might be left behind if we don’t act.

Oct 13

11 min 47 sec

Abdullahi Ali Hassan has a Master’s in Urban Studies and is very active in the Bellville Somalian community. We explore the importance of multiculturalism in urban centres, narratives and perceptions, the importance of strong leadership, how city governments can better support multicultural populations, and more. Listen or watch to understand:This episode is presented in partnership with The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP). Narratives and perceptions.  The importance of multiculturalism in urban centres. Most significant benefits of a multicultural community. Insights into the cultural environment in Bellville. How the Somalian community have been able to integrate into Bellville? Challenges and successes.  Most important factors in building community cohesion in multicultural urban centres. Major challenges for multiculturalism in urban centres to be successful and efficient, and how they can be addressed. How city governments can and should better support multicultural populations. The importance of strong leadership. See all episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Oct 11

39 min 53 sec

The Climate Finance Accelerator (CFA) directly responds to the urgency and scale of the climate crisis by supporting highly promising climate projects to become more bankable and appealing to investors, so that they can secure funding more readily. The CFA is part of the UK Government’s efforts to help South Africa tackle climate change and support a just transition. This episode is presented in partnership with GreenCape, in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Read the CFA press release here Listen or watch to understand: Guests in this conversation: Ian Callaghan, Originator of the Climate Finance Accelerator, Mike Mulcahy, Chief Executive Officer of GreenCape and John Gibss, Infrastructure Finance Advisor to the Climate Finance Accelerator. What the CFA is, how it came about and what it will do. Why is it so hard for low carbon projects to find suitable investments. How the CFA understands the climate finance landscape in each country it operates in (Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Turkey). How GreenCape reacted when they heard about the CFA and how it can help in South Africa.  The kinds of projects that are applying to be part of the CFA, and what kind of needs they have. The next steps for the South African CFA projects that have been identified. Major challenges standing in the way of the success of the CFA and how each show guest would solve it if they had a magic wand. All episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Oct 6

28 min 9 sec

A free and fair media is critical in a healthy democracy, though while the data age has dramatically enhanced our ability to generate and share news, it has similarly enabled the rise of fake news, programmatic agendas, and media echo-chambers. The Dexter project seeks to leverage modern computational paradigms to monitor and analyze Southern Africa's digital media. Listen or watch to understand: This episode is presented in partnership with Open Cities Lab Background on guests William Bird, Director of Media Monitoring Africa and Matthew Adendorff , Data Lead at Open Cities Lab. What exactly is Dexter and what does it do? How Open Cities Lab and Media Monitoring Africa got involved in the project. How Dexter can be used for a focussed subject: To track elections or COVID reporting in Africa. The elections work that the Dexter project is currently underway with. The biggest challenges they’ve overcome to date and how they did it. Application of Dexter beyond news media. The key steps to a more free and fair media. See all episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php Youtube Channel: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php      

Sep 28

32 min 28 sec

Zukiswa Mandlana is Director for Organisational Effectiveness and Innovation at the City of Cape Town. We discuss the latest innovations at the City of Cape Town, the innovation process they adopted, how they measure success, key milestones reached, overcoming challenges and how the Pandemic has influenced how they innovate. This episode is presented in partnership with the City of Cape Town See all episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Sep 13

32 min 12 sec

Miriam Maina is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has a particular focus on the role of policy in shaping urban futures in Africa. Listen or watch to understand:This episode is presented in partnership with 1map (Visit them) Organic growth vs proactive town planning/city management. If organic growth is a good idea for African countries. What happens to town planning policies? Who informs them, who implements them? Why don’t policies always reach their goals? And why is there a need for improved policies? Challenges: Why are all the things that we know are necessary for city management success, not in place? Like Data, access to technology, lack of digital property register, silos in governments, funding Kenya’s land registry being digitised. How secondary cities and towns will grow exponentially. Modern skills, like visualisation of data for actionable insights, town planners will need to craft powerful policies that will shape African cities. Examples are GIS knowledge, data analysis, technical proficiency, and more. What is hindering the uptake of new technologies. Africa is expecting several of its cities to reach mega city status in the near future.  Is it too late to implement effective city growth policies for those cities and towns?  How African cities can adapt and prepare for what is to come? All episodes here: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Aug 31

19 min 55 sec

Warren Hewitt is Chief Executive Officer at The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP). We discuss the role of the GTP in unlocking Bellville’s potential as a sustainable and prosperous leading African city, Bellville’s culture and combined intellectual capital, attracting investment, working closely with the public sector, and many facts about Bellville. This episode is presented in partnership with The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP). See all Future Cities Africa episodes here: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php 

Aug 18

19 min 36 sec

We explore: This episode is presented in partnership with the City of Cape Town Major challenges faced and impacts of the pandemic and how the City is managing it. Scope and the key elements of the City’s Transport Strategy for growth and recovery. Barriers that exist to the implementation of the strategy. How the City is responding to the crisis involving the Minibus Taxi industry. The City’s response to criticism for only putting aside 2% of its budget for non motorised transport initiatives. The plan to accelerate Bellville PTI and Bellville as a hub - The Future Bellville Masterplan. Their views on the R300 Northern Extension. The Mitchells Plain TOC pilot and the City's plan for the future of the Minibus Taxi sector formalisation and modernisation. Views on the Province's Blue Dot Initiative. What the progress is for the City to take over the Management function of Rail. When the MyCiti Phase 2 will have the first wheels roll. Success stories from the sector. How the City is working with all industry stakeholders and what opportunities are there for collaboration. Main lessons taken from 2020 and the 1st half of 2021 and how the City can address them, to not only survive but thrive into the future. Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/AdBLCaxUzjgVisit online here: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php 

Aug 16

25 min 33 sec

Monica Rolo is an Industrial Engineer at Curro Holdings, an independent school network in South Africa. We discuss the societal needs addressed by Curro, the value in spatial representation of information for a school and how it enables them to identify and overcome key challenges, and much more. This episode is presented in partnership with 1map (Visit them)  See all FCA episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php

Aug 11

14 min 29 sec

Carlo Barnard is Business Intelligence Specialist at Munsoft and a past municipal CFO at Victor Khanye Local Municipality. We discuss the value in spatial representation of information for a municipality, major challenges that can be visualised and solved, why collaboration between departments are important in the context of using technology, and much more. Presented in Partnership with 1map, visit them at www.1map.co.za Watch all episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php 

Jul 22

22 min 21 sec

Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town. We explore the thinking behind the City’s Infrastructure Strategy, its scope and key elements, impacts of and lessons from the pandemic, a uniformed standard to Sector Plans, enabling innovation in alternative service delivery, reaching historically under-serviced areas, and more. This episode is presented in partnership with the City of Cape Town To partner contact Futurecitiesafrica.com

Jul 6

43 min 47 sec

Kadri Nassiep is Executive Director for Energy at City of Cape Town. We explore the City’s energy and sustainability strategy for growth and recovery, major challenges, energy independence, success stories, future technologies, opportunities for collaboration with private sector, and what the future can look like. This episode is presented in partnership with the City of Cape Town Contact us to partner on www.futurecitiesafrica.com

Jul 6

32 min 45 sec

Michael John Webster is Executive Director for Water and Waste at the City of Cape Town. We explore the City’s water strategy and key commitments, lessons from the 2018 water crisis, recent progress made, future thinking, new technologies, opportunities and challenges for private sector collaboration, and advice for cities grappling with water management. This episode is presented in partnership with the City of Cape Town Read the Water Strategy here

Jun 29

24 min 58 sec

Joanne Parker is the project lead for SCODA at Open Cities Lab. Tshegang Chipeya is the project lead for the Durban EDGE Programme at eThekwini Municipality. We explore what SCODA is, what it offers Cities, tools utilised in the Durban EDGE case and success stories, Open Data challenges at the municipal level and how they can be overcome. See all episodes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php Subscribe on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica

Jun 22

26 min 46 sec

Nicolaas Klopper is Director at 1map. We explore the National Property Register and its importance to the management of a city, how maps make complex data less abstract and provide actionable insights that drive revenue and improve service delivery, and how Mapping will be transformed as part of everyones’ workflow. This episode is presented in partnership with 1map (Visit them) See how you can partner with Future Cities Africa

Jun 3

26 min 52 sec

Sarah Findlay is 'Africa Data Hub' Project Lead at Open Cities Lab. We explore the importance and key features of the Africa Data Hub, responsibly sourced data, enabling trust in the media, value offered by the African Data Hub, how to collaborate with them and their plans to have a quantifiable impact. This episode is presented in partnership with Open Cities Lab See how you can partner with Future Cities Africa

May 10

16 min 4 sec

Garsen Naidoo is GM at Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa. We explore the various impacts of the pandemic, how technology can be used as an enabler to inclusive economic recovery, Smart Cities, IoT in Africa, main lessons taken from 2020 and how cities might change over the next 5 years. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Apr 12

22 min 15 sec

Ben Bradlow is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. We dive deep into an article from his dissertation project called: Weapons of the Strong: Elite Resistance and the Neo-Apartheid City. This episode dives into: • His larger book project that compares Johannesburg and São Paulo. • Summary and key takeaways from the article and his dissertation project. • What is meant by “Weapons of the Strong”. • Why Johannesburg was chosen for this enquiry. • How private property developers and neighborhood associations demonstrate tactics of elite resistance. • Strategies used by “The Strong” to undermine the transformative capacities of the local state: “ring-fencing” and “venue-shopping.” • Potential solutions Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Apr 6

27 min 3 sec

Danga Mughogho is Programme Manager for Well Governed Cities at South African Cities Network. We explore the State of City Finances 2020 report, impacts of the pandemic on city finances, trends in the affordability of municipal bills, lessons from the report, and implications for municipal finance in the future. This episode is brought to you in partnership with South African Cities Network (SACN). Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 29

33 min

Edwin Diender is Chief Digital Transformation Officer for the Enterprise Business Group at Huawei Technologies. We explore digital transformation, Smart Cities, Connected & Intelligent Cities, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, bridging the digital divide and how cities may change over the next 5 years. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 24

33 min 27 sec

Tshepo Kgobe is Chief Operating Officer at ‎Gautrain Management Agency. We explore the impacts of the pandemic on Gautrain, their plans for recovery and future expansion, the future of public transport, lessons from 2020 and how Gautrain will integrate with other modes of transport. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 24

26 min 21 sec

Luke Boyle is a Researcher at the Urban Real Estate Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. We explore Africa’s smart city narrative, the role of technology, financing future cities, the role of open data, socioeconomic development and how cities may change over the next 5 years. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/all-future-cities-africa-podcasts.php  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 23

21 min 16 sec

Kayla Hanna Brown is Project Manager for Built Environment at South African Cities Network. We explore the impacts of the pandemic on the built environment, how different Cities responded, fast tracking spatial transformation, technology and innovation, and main lessons taken from 2020. This episode is brought to you in partnership with South African Cities Network. Partner with us: www.futurecitiesafrica.com/partner.php  Web: www.futurecitiesafrica.com Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 15

23 min 30 sec

Dion Chang is the Founder of Flux Trends. He’s a business strategist, trends columnist and professional cage rattler. We explore trends in the circular economy, case studies, the sharing economy, Generation Z, the great real estate reshuffle, urban migration and the future of work. Website: www.futurecitiesafrica.com Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 10

22 min 12 sec

Liteboho Makhele is Programme Manager for Sustainable Cities at South African Cities Network. We explore the current state of climate change interventions, key sustainability projects, the biggest challenge to climate change adaptation, the circular economy and the main lessons taken from 2020. This episode is brought to you in partnership with South African Cities Network. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/series/1/lessons-from-the-pandemic  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 10

25 min 6 sec

Nomfundo Faith Dlamini is Programme Manager for Productive Cities at South African Cities Network. We explore various economic impacts on our cities and towns, key ingredients and steps to economic recovery and the main lessons taken from 2020 and how to use them going forward. This episode is brought to you in partnership with South African Cities Network. About the Future Cities Africa and South African Cities Network Partnership: 2020 has fundamentally changed the context in which South African municipalities govern and provide services. Future Cities Africa has partnered with South African Cities Network on a series of 4 episodes that look at how cities have fared during the pandemic and what fundamental lessons have been learned. We cover: Economic recovery, Climate Change, Governance & Municipal Finance and Built Environment Show notes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/discussions/economic-recovery-lesson-from-the-pandemic-series.php Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Mar 4

24 min 31 sec

Prof. Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu is a Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, SARChI Chair for Inclusive Cities and Academic Leader for Planning and Housing. We explore the challenges keeping us from inclusive cities, what can be done to solve the challenges, improving the role of local authorities in inter-governmental dialogues and how to build cities that respond to the people’s needs. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Feb 15

14 min 30 sec

Richard Gevers is the Founder of Open Cities Lab, a civic technology lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges operating within cities in Africa. We explore many projects they are involved in, overcoming the general ‘fear of data’, how to improve public private sector collaboration on Open Data and how cities may change over the next 5 years. See show notes: https://futurecitiesafrica.com/discussions/richard-gevers-informed-decision-making-for-participatory-democracy.php  Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Feb 4

40 min 24 sec

Bronwyn Williams is an Economist, Futurist, Trend Analyst and Partner at Flux Trends. They recently published 21 trends for 2021 and a key trend that stood out for us was: Private Cities. In this episode we dive deep into the emergence of Private Cities in Africa and what the not so distant future may hold: • What is a Private City and how is it different to the cities we are used to? • What a Private City looks like in the African context. • Real world examples of Private Cities. • Private Cities and the issue around inclusion. • The double-edged sword of Private Cities. • How government might react to Private Cities. • How can this go horribly wrong in Africa? • What will go extinct in our cities over the next 5 years? Spoiler: Some actual cities… • 1 book to that will prepare you for what may lie ahead over the next 5 years. Spoiler: The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica

Feb 2

36 min 30 sec

We explore the typical architecture and technological layers of a ‘Smart City’, his definition of a ‘Smart City’ in the African context, what will help us become smarter cities, improving Public - Private sector collaboration, how the Internet of Things will impact Africa over the next 5 years, the one thing he would change with his magic wand and what he hopes to see happen over the next 5 years. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Digital Council Africa Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Jan 26

20 min 28 sec

7 thought leaders explain the one thing they would change if magic wands existed. Show Guests Include: * Juanita Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Council Africa. * Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa. * Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. * Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. * Bronwyn Williams is a Partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist and Business Trends Analyst. * Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Digital Council Africa. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Jan 25

13 min 4 sec

11 thought leaders share their definitions of what the term ‘Smart City’ consists of in an African context. Show Guests Include: * Musa Khumalo is the Group Head for Shared Services at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. * Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town. * Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa. * Bronwyn Williams is a Partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist and Business Trends Analyst. * Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. * Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south * Dr. Marco Macagnano is the Smart Cities Leader at Deloitte Consulting * Bob van Bebber is a Director at Boogertman + Partners Architects and overall winner of the 2019 SA Professional Services Awards. * Dr. Oualid Ali is the President at the Future Cities Council. * Jonathan Wilson is the Urban Data Project Manager at the South African Cities Network (SACN). * Dmitry Pozhidaev is Global Advisor at UN Capital Development Fund, he’s based in Uganda. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Digital Council Africa. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Jan 25

25 min 45 sec

9 thought leaders share their insights on how public - private sector collaboration can be improved and how challenges can be overcome. Visit Futurecitiesafrica.com to read the summary. Guests include: * Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. * Omeshnee Naidoo is Director of Information Systems and Technology at City of Cape Town * Vino Govender is Executive for Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Innovation at Dark Fibre Africa * Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town * Juanita Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Council Africa. * Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. * Rehana Moosajee is the founder at The Barefoot Facilitator and a past Member of the Mayoral Committee of the City of Johannesburg. * Thulani Kuzwayo is Co-Founder of PaperThinkLAB and served as the WorldGBC Africa Regional Network Chairperson. * Dr. Marco Macagnano is the Smart Cities Leader at Deloitte Consulting. This episode is brought to you in partnership with Digital Council Africa. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica   

Jan 25

18 min 16 sec

Nikolas Badminton is a world-renowned keynote speaker and futurist consultant that shows you the future trends that shape impactful organizations, trillion-dollar companies and progressive governments. We discuss the type of future city that Africa needs, explosive growth expected in Africa, lessons from global smart city initiatives, the world in 400 years, cities in 2040 and shifting mindsets from ‘’what is’’ to ‘’what if’’. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Dec 2020

29 min 37 sec

Ronak Gopaldas is a Director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics and business on the continent. We discuss the biggest economic challenges currently facing the African continent, how we’ll get to the predicted Mega Cities in Africa, if the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will survive the pandemic, how Africa has managed the pandemic relative to other regions of the world, where Africa features in post-pandemic geopolitics and practical strategies Africa can implement to thrive in the post-pandemic world. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Nov 2020

28 min 41 sec

Steve Apps is a Smart City and Industry 4.0 technology expert. He’s a past CTO of Huawei Southern Africa for government services. He was also executive for ecosystems and solutions at SqwidNet, rolling out the SIGFOX IoT network across South Africa. We explore what will stop us from becoming smarter cities, financial models and how future cities can be funded, improving public/ private sector collaboration, current state of IoT in Africa, civilization engineering, the role of Blockchain in Africa’s future, what Steve would change if he had a magic wand and his vision of future African cities. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Nov 2020

31 min 56 sec

Musa Khumalo is Group Head for Shared Services at the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. He is also chairperson of the Risk and Audit Committee at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development. We discuss Smart City initiatives at City of Tshwane, e-Tshwane statistics, future plans for e-Tshwane, how the City of Tshwane has managed to do more than many other municipalities and his vision of the city in 2040. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Nov 2020

22 min 15 sec

A collection of interviews with 12 though leaders: * Bronwyn Williams, Partner, Flux Trends * Musa Khumalo, Head: Shared Services, City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality * Craig Kesson, Chief Resilience Officer and Chief Data Officer, City of Cape Town * Geci Karuri-Sebina, Associate, South African Cities Network * Bob van Bebber, Director, Boogertman + Partners Architects * Omeshnee Naidoo, Chief Information Officer, City of Cape Town * Dmitry Pozhidaev, Global Advisor, UN Capital Development Fund * Juanita Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Council Africa * Jonathan Wilson, Urban Data Project Manager, South African Cities Network * Oualid Ali, President, Future Cities Council * Siphelele Ngobese, Researcher Inclusion and Well-being, South African Cities Network * Thabo Mofokeng, President, Information Technology Association of South Africa

Oct 2020

39 min 59 sec

Craig Kesson is Executive Director for Corporate Services at the City of Cape Town. He’s also the Chief Resilience Officer and Chief Data Officer. We explore the data driven strategy at City of Cape Town, overcoming the general fear of data in public departments, emerging disrupters impacting the City and how it will remain resilient, his definition of a Smart City, what he would change if he had a magic wand, his hopes for the City 20 years from now. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Oct 2020

23 min 17 sec

She’s a digital strategy consultant, an Africa enthusiast and Africa's digital transformation maverick. We discuss key takeaways from her book, the 4IR, the future of work and education, inclusive cities, overcoming the digital divide, personal disruption and staying relevant in an era of constant change.

Oct 2020

40 min 17 sec

We discuss 15 new cities that are planned for Uganda, International municipal investment fund, insights into the book: ‘Reflections on African Cities in Transition’ and his chapter called ‘Urbanization and the Quality of Growth in Uganda: The Challenge of Structural Transformation and Sustainable and Inclusive Development’, emerging disruptors for Ugandan cities and much more.

Oct 2020

30 min 8 sec

Prof. Nabil El Kadhi is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Khawarizmi International College and Vice President of the Future Cities Council. We explore the schema for future education, UAE education system and what Africa can learn from it, challenges that must be overcome, the difference between smart education and digital education, homeschool vs school/ university, readiness of the classic university for the future, definition of a smart city and a smart citizen, cities in 2040 and advice for students stuck in the old education system

Sep 2020

37 min 33 sec

Jonathan Wilson is Urban Data Project Manager at the South African Cities Network (SACN). We discuss the SACN Smart Cities paper series, the importance of open data for cities; siloed operations and how to solve challenges to urban data management, Common Data Framework for Cities, open data projects in South Africa, cities in 2040 and the decline of urbanisation. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Sep 2020

28 min 55 sec

Neil du Preez is Founder at MellowVans. He is passionate about urban transport, and the development of last mile delivery solutions. We discuss last mile delivery, safer cities, autonomous driving technologies, local manufacturing and the need for a better education system.

Sep 2020

12 min 36 sec

Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a multi-disciplinary scholar-practitioner currently occupied in several capacities working at the intersection between people, place and technological change, focusing on the global south. We discuss her work, stakeholder collaboration, smart cities, inclusive cities, what she would change if she had a magic wand and her vision for cities in 2040. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Sep 2020

30 min 12 sec

Dr. Oualid Ali is President at the Future Cities Council. He's a futurist, technologist and future cities expert. We discuss trends and opportunities for African Cities, Artificial Intelligence as the ‘new electricity’, Smart Cities and its challenges in Africa, Smart City projects in Africa, the future of education and his vision of African cities in 2040. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Sep 2020

28 min 27 sec

Siphelele Ngobese is Researcher: Inclusion and Well-Being at the South African Cities Network and is responsible for the Urban Safety Programme. We explore the Urban Safety Programme and its objectives, accomplishments and how they are inspiring action. We look at current urban projects incorporating inclusion, wellbeing and safety. Finally we consider challenges of stakeholder collaboration and Siphelele’s hopes for cities in 2040. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Aug 2020

29 min 45 sec

Bronwyn Williams is a partner at Flux Trends. She's a Futurist, Economist and Business Trends Analyst. We explore her definition of a Smart City, trends in Intelligent Cities, Smart Cities for Real People, the role of Blockchain in Africa's future, changing the current education system, how she would implement Radical Economic Transformation and what cities and social structures will look like in 20 years. Website: https://futurecitiesafrica.com  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FutureCitiesAfrica 

Aug 2020

30 min 42 sec

Lisa Reynolds is the Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council South Africa. We explore her background, how she is leading the GBCSA in challenging times, the Green Recovery and why it is important, trends and opportunities for cities, legislation she would change with her magic wand, the Green Building Convention 2020, advice for woman in the built environment and words of encouragement.

Aug 2020

31 min 28 sec