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SmartCity.ZA Collection

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Amy Mutua, Lucille Tetley-Brown

23 March 2023



Amy Mutua

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South Africa

The concept of “smart cities” is still relatively new in Africa, with various stakeholders still trying to determine what models, frameworks, approaches and tools are appropriate in the African and global South context. This repository has been created to ensure that a trusted source aggregating existing smart city knowledge of relevance to our southern context is accessible.


This collection is envisaged to expand over time. We have sorted the resource page into seven categories:

Brochures & Newsletters

These resources have been developed by South African sources to provide contextual perspectives of smart city concepts and dimensions:

  • SmartCity.ZA Bulletins (DBSA & World Bank) are periodic newsletters sharing peer-based smart city definitions, approaches and information from a 2022/23 three-city Smart CIties South Africa Pilot Programme.
  1. Smart City Bulletin 1: Preparing Common Ground
  2. Smart City Bulletin 2: Smart Cities Need Smart Partnerships
  3. Smart City Bulletin 3: Diagnosing Smart City Preparedness
  4. Smart City Bulletin 4: Journeying to the Smart City
  5. Smart City Bulletin 5: Smart City Implementation: Energy
  • Smart Places (CSIR, 2022) looks at how we can harness transformative technologies for smarter buildings, industries, cities and communities – places that are environmentally sustainable and smart about their resource use.
  • Smart Mobility (CSIR, 2021) addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with transport and freight logistics; transport equipment; transport infrastructure; and passenger transport services in support of different industrial clusters.

Working Papers

Policy Briefs

These policy briefs provide a concise summary of particular smart city issues and the policy options available:

Research Reports

  • CivicTech Transparency, Engagement and Collaboration for Better Governance (World Bank, 2022) is a how-to-note which provides advice on how to use digitalization to strengthen the engagement between governments and citizens, with various examples of what CivicTech is and why it is an important element of the GovTech approach.
  • Smart Use of Roads (OECD, 2019) examines strategies and technologies applied to better utilise road networks.
  • Connecting cities and communities with the Sustainable Development Goals (U4SSC, 2017) provides an overview of how cities can use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and maps the case studies to the various international agreements as well as the SDGs.
  • Simple ways to be smart (U4SSC, 2021) collects examples of smart interventions and produces a guide for smaller cities and communities that wish to embark on the journey to be “smarter”.
  • Enhancing innovation and participation in smart sustainable cities (U4SSC, 2017) provides a series of case studies on smart governance, smart people and smart economy, which will catapult successful smart city practices into the global spotlight.
  • Smart City Applications Catalogue (UNU-EGOV, 2019) tries to understand the features that make the growing number of websites providing online catalogues of Smart City applications, useful and more likely to be used over time. It also provides recommendations as to how to improve the functioning of such sites.
  • Smart Sustainable Cities (UNU-EGOV, 2016) presents the results of a study, conducted by UNU-EGOV and funded by IDRC, that examined the thesis that Smart Cities advance sustainable development.

Books & Book Chapters

These resources provide a more in-depth study of various smart city dimensions:

Academic Articles

These resources consist of peer-reviewed academic journal articles:

Conference Papers


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