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URERU Smart City Report Series 3

Identifying the Opportunities and Challenges that Exist for Cape Town's Smart City Development

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Luke Boyle

18 November 2019


Luke Boyle

Research report

Urban Real Estate Research Unit

South Africa

This report is the third installment of a four-part research series. Using interviews with stakeholders in different government and corporate spheres, this report serves as a reflection to unpack some of the key opportunities and challenges that Cape Town faces in terms of unlocking the potential of a smarter, more sustainable urban future. Following that, the report reflects on the opportunities and challenges and provides some insight to what it means on a broader level for smart city development in Cape Town.


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

Abstract based directly on source.


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Built environment

Cape Town




Poverty & inequality

Smart Cities

South Africa

Technology and innovation


Urban development

Urban futures

Urban management

Urban planning

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