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URERU Smart City Report Series 2

The Current State and Characteristics of Cape Town's Smart City Development

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Luke Boyle

11 September 2019


Luke Boyle


Urban Real Estate Research Unit

South Africa

This report is the second installment of a four-part research series carried out by the Urban Real Estate Research Unit (URERU) that investigates smart city development in Cape Town. The series aims to gain a deeper understanding of what smart urbanism means in an African context by exploring Cape Town’s smart city journey.


This second report uses the analysis of the Digital City Strategy to develop an understanding of where the City currently is in terms of its smart city development, and the characteristics that have defined the advancement of the City’s smart city ambitions to date. Following that, the report discusses how the current state and characteristics relate to the Digital City Strategy outlined in the first report before providing some insight into what this reveals about the City’s approach to smart city development.


The structure of the report series is outlined below:

  • Report 1: Critical Analysis of Cape Town’s Digital City Strategy.
  • Report 2: The Current State and Characteristics of Cape Town’s Smart City Implementation.
  • Report 3: Identifying the Opportunities and Challenges that exist for Cape Town as it embarks on its Smart City journey.
  • Report 4: The Way Forward for The City of Cape Town and What it Means to be ‘Smart’ in Africa

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Built environment

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