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co-located with

28 June 2023
Gallagher Convention Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa

co-located with

28 June 2023
Gallagher Convention Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa
African Smart Cities Summit

7 – 9 JUNE 2022

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Programme at a glance

As an African Smart Cities Summit Delegate, you will have access to a full three-day programme. Highlights include:

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Stakeholders Engagement Forum

Smart City Product Demos


Technical Workshops

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

African Smart Cities Breakfast*

African Smart Cities Summit



Thursday, 9 June 2022

Smart Talks

Site Visit



*by invitation only

African Smart Cities Summit programme

Wednesday, 8 June 2022


Registration, Networking and Early Morning Refreshments


African Smart Cities Breakfast – by invitation only

Sponsored by:



Welcome and opening address

Sean Bennett, Chief Executive, NEXTEC

Njombo Lekula, Managing Director, PPC




The Way Forward


Vote of Thanks


Registration, Networking and Early Morning Refreshments

Session 1: Africa is ready


Chairman Opening Remarks & Introduction of the First Session


1.1 Thought leadership: PPC’s Building Africa Report


Africa is developing and constructing smart cities at an improved pace. Whilst policies and digital technologies are being introduced and rolled out, who is addressing the actual construction of these new cities, and who can we entrust with the transformation of our existing cities to sustainable smart cities?

  • Explore the Building Africa Report
  • Understand the construction plan and thought leadership pertaining to smart cities
  • Discover the various methodologies in building smart cities
  • Know the impact of industry harmony in the construction of smart cities


Ashraf Garda, Founder, Champion South Africa



Chris Greensmith, Technology Director, Zutari

Francois Fouche, Research Associate, University of Pretoria

Delon Perumal, Head of Operations, PPC



1.2 Data centres as the corner stone of smart cities

Data Centres need to be designed, built and operated to the highest standards demanded by today’s leading cloud providers, carriers and enterprises – providing government and private sector peace-of-mind for the functioning of a smart city.



Lee Perrin, DCE Business Lead, CBRE Data Centre Solutions, Middle East & Africa



1.3 Smart Cities – Technological innovation to drive citizen-centric service

delivery and sustainable cities

Sponsored by:

  • Understanding the road map toward becoming a digital city
  • How did we create the most electronically advanced Smart City?
  • Reinventing government to bring convenience to the people
  • Optimising revenue through accurate billing and collections
  • Automating processes and driving real time solutions
  • Building a single platform on which to deliver real time digital solutions to all stakeholders


Martin Nangoro, Executive Director, Interfile, South Africa


Networking and Refreshments

Session 2: Green Buildings as key elements of future sustainable cities


2.1 Case study: Smart building as a building block for smart cities

80% of energy use over a building’s life cycle is from the building’s operation.  This indicates a major opportunity for Facility Managers to contribute to a sustainable future by improving the operation of assets in the built environment.

  • Understand the role of technology in people centric smart buildings
  • Investigate the practicality of digital twin implementation
  • Discover key technologies used for digital twinning


Richard Matchett, Digital Lead, Zutari, South Africa
Nev Lalloo, Divisional Executive, Interfile, South Africa



2.2 Case study: Harnessing the power of interconnectivity through experience and expertise


The formation of a Smart City is not a one stop process: it is a journey.  This journey is entirely dependent on the maturity status of each individual metropolitan and the substantial pain points being experienced in that city.  The number of green buildings in Africa are expected to rise by 50% over the next five years, spurred by a wave of climate consciousness, legislation and an increasing range of financing options for investors. This session will investigate how small changes to already existing infrastructure can in the long run make old cities smart cities and old buildings green buildings.


Sean Bennett, Chief Executive, NEXTEC, South Africa



2.3 Designing & constructing sustainable net-zero carbon houses in African cities

Net Zero-rated buildings are set to become the minimum global standard of sustainable architecture over the next 20 years. This will largely be led by cities, encouraged by programs such as C40. Cities in Africa that are currently set to participate in this ambitious vision are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Tshwane, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Lagos, Accra and Dakar.



Sisonke Mgwebi , Frost & Sullivan, South Africa


Networking and lunch

Session 3: Smart city concept: the African perspective

Programme chairman: Geci Karuri-Sebina, Capacity Building & Knowledge Management Expert, DBSA-World Bank Programme


Chairman Remarks


3.1 South Africa spotlight: Lanseria Smart City Initiative

The aim of Lanseria smart city development is to create the first post-apartheid city in South Africa based on ‘best practice’ in urban sustainability and the principles underpinning the smart city. The city will be built surrounding the Lanseria International Airport, north of Johannesburg, in a project which is expected take around 25 years to complete. This session will explore the progress of the Lanseria Smart City Initiative to date, its investment plan and financing gap.



Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgoba, Head of Investment & Infrastructure Office at The Presidency

Jak Koseff, Deputy Director-General: Economic Planning and Development, Department of Economic Development, Gauteng Provincial Government


3.3 Regulatory & strategic frameworks for smart cities

Development Bank of Southern Africa

There are several pieces of legislation, policies and strategies (locally and internationally) that directly and indirectly regulate the framework for implementing smart city components. Without necessarily indicating the numerous relevant pieces of legislation that govern the local government and the technology sector, the policy framework that controls or facilitates smart city initiatives is worth mentioning. On the international front at least, the following are worth mentioning: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement (French: L’accord de Paris) and the Africa Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want.



Konstant Bruinette, Senior Deal Originator, Development Bank of Southern Africa

Lawrence Boya, Director: Smart City Programme, City of Johannesburg


Networking and refreshments

Session 4: Smart mobility

Reimagining the future of transportation technology and sustainable cities

Programme chairman: Geci Karuri-Sebina, Capacity Building & Knowledge Management Expert, DBSA-World Bank Programme


4.1 Infrastructure of tomorrow: SANRAL – Pioneering smart mobility in Africa

Smart mobility is one of the most dynamic and exciting challenges of the future. To remake cities by democratizing transport, leaders and innovators must have a comprehensive understanding of the three pillars of modern smart mobility – technologies, technicalities, policies – and how they interact with complex, real-world systems.

  • Navigate policy gaps, resource needs, and disparate motives to create successful public-private partnerships
  • Discover how large-scale urban transit infrastructure changes have been implemented in the past and how such practices need to be adapted for the future
  • Illustrate the role land use and value capture play in urban transportation planning
  • Create proposals for sustainable, integrated urban transit systems that take advantage of new transportation modalities (e.g., autonomous vehicles)


Siveshni Pillay, Gauteng Open Road Tolling Projects & the Freeway Management System, SANRAL, South Africa


4.2 Decarbonising the last mile of E-Commerce deliveries with eMICROMOBILITY

It is becoming necessary for e-commerce companies to offer more sustainable deliveries to their customers. One way this can be achieved is by leveraging carriers that invest in decarbonizing their services. To meet consumer expectations, enterprises can leverage carriers that invest in making their services more sustainable. This includes using electric vehicles for last-mile delivery. In urban areas, bicycle couriers can be added into the carrier mix for small parcels to reduce congestion and air pollution.


Victor Radebe, Founder, Mzansi Aerospace Technologies, South Africa

Andile Skosana, CEO of CityCon Africa & Director of Mobility Centre for Africa NPC, South Africa


Q&A Session


Closing remarks

Branding and sponsorship

If you’re looking to gain brand and solutions awareness and connect with a highly targeted audience of private and public stakeholders, we have a range of sponsorship opportunities to suit your budget.

Attend as a delegate

Secure your seat at this exclusive summit and be inspired to create change in your city. Register for your seat by 29 April 2022 for Early Bird package rates.