SMART CITIES

Tshwane networks

Jason Ngobeni, Tshwane city manager
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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was recently signed between the City of Tshwane and the South African Cities Network (SACN) to formalise the process of achieving the city’s 2055 vision of becoming a smart city and addressing the issues of urbanisation, climate change and resource sustainability.

Tshwane city manager, Jason Ngobeni, who signed the MoU together with the CEO of the SACN, Sithole Mbanga, says understanding current patterns of urbanisation in Tshwane and how these will influence the city’s form, shape, function and governance, is crucial.

Other objectives of the MoU include gearing Tshwane for a green economy in its trajectory to become a low-carbon, climate-resilient and resource-efficient city; improving citizen mobility and economic transportation; and conceptualising and programmatically framing Tshwane as a smart city.

After the signing of the MoU, a service level agreement (SLA) that comprises an implementation plan was signed to facilitate co-operation regarding carbon footprint assessment, vulnerability assessment; identification of sustainability indicators; and general support in relation to sustainability and climate change in Tshwane.

“In the context of developmental local government and integrated governance, the signing of the MoU with the City of Tshwane is a symbolic gesture towards achieving our objectives of promoting good governance and management of South African cities, promoting sustainable cities, economic growth and poverty reduction, urban renewal, integrated land management and service delivery and city development strategies,” says Mbanga.

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