Why African Smart Cities ?

Opening Doors to The World And The World to Africa. Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016. By 2020, Africa is likely to be the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. It is currently the most rural -- only 40% of sub-Saharan Africa's population live in cities.

Smart City Strategy

It starts with the strategy that is aligned to the organizational or business strategy and also aligned to the ICT strategy.

Benchmarking Cities

We benchmark your city against cities, town against towns, smartcity against smartcities. We do this for African countries and between african countries and the world. Selected key indicators are then matched to your city in terms of citizen services, size, revenue, population, skills and other indicators.


Without funding, countries cannot develop smart cities. Sufficient funding is needed for a smart city project to be successful. Financial incentives are required to effectively encourage private sector participation (e.g. grants, rebates, subsidies, competitions).

Inclusion And Training

Offer a combination of training, coaching, online workshops, digital webinars, Education, Development. If the citizens around the city being developed to be a smart city are not ready then the city will never be a smart city.

Maturity Assessment

assessing the relative maturity of your city/town/village/microcity competency in a particular area and helping you identify opportunities for improvement and where and how to start.

Research Reports

We provide you with thought leadership in the form of both reports and industry leaders who have done it seeing it and been successful.

We believe that for Africa to stimulate economic growth and become a global destination for individuals, businesses, and tourists, the rural towns have to start competing among one another starting within the country and later with other African countries and then with global similar towns. The cities will have to do the same and this will result in improved infrastructure and investment climate to enable them to develop along with their growing populations.

  1. From rural towns to smart-towns within the country
  2. from cities to smart-cities (in-country and later within Africa and global cities
  3. As cities begin to compete within the country, and then compete with other cities within the continent and later with global cities, African cities will never be the same

We are a leading boutique consultancy specializing in

  • off-grid renewables
  • solar-diesel hybrid
  • wind-diesel hybrid
  • microgrids
  • mini-grids
  • renewable energy solutions for the health, education and mining sectors
  • renewables for remote hotels and resorts
  • rural electrification/access to energy
  • solar and wind systems for the telecommunication sector
  • onsite renewable energy for agriculture/farming; e.g. water pumping, irrigation, cooling, etc.

We focus on commercial topics such as:

  • go-to-market / market entry strategy
  • market and technical due diligence
  • identification of potential M&A targets
  • market intelligence
  • financing: project financing and start-up financing (equity, debt, crowdfunding)
  • marketing for renewable energy solutions
  • setting-up partnerships in off-grid markets
  • communication


Our management are experienced working in an ecosystem within cities that enhances their liveability, workability and sustainability. We have a team that is skilled working in zones within a territory where technology and connectivity play a central part in infrastructure. Our professionals address issues of urbanisation, economic development, and the technological needs of its inhabitants and visitors. Our team want to make squatter shacks, rural villages, and towns a place to live, learn and work; a space to develop innovative businesses and entrepreneurial activity in the digital arena, while also providing healthcare - a crucial issue in Africa. Equally crucial, these can become smart cities one day as they will be built upon sustainable energy infrastructure.
Jabu Madlala

Jabu Madlala

Tonya Garcia

Tonya Garcia

New Territory Executive


SmartCity Expert

The economic recovery strengthened in 2019 (3.3% growth in real GDP) on the back of higher coffee exports, a slight increase in public investment, and a particularly good year for agricultural production.

Matchmaking - it starts with a village, then a town then a city in Africa. We will matchmake it with one from anywhere in the world that matches yours in terms of key indicators like population, infrastructure, talent, revenue. We will facilitate creation of relationships at mayor, municipal manager or C-levels.

African Cities - On the path to become Globally Competitive


Many African countries are on the path to constructing new cities, as opposed to transforming existing cities to become smart cities. It is not about the look or the design of the buildings in a city that make a city "SMART". The top 10 global smartcities (London, Singapore, Seoul, New York, Helsinki, Montreal, Boston, Melbourne, Barcelona and Shangai) are actually very old cities that have been around for a long time. There is a big misconception among African leaders on this subject. You do NOT require to build a city from scratch to achieve a smart city status. It starts by developing the "Smart City Strategy" that addresses short, medium and long term implementations.



Hope City

Located in Greater Accra region, Ghana’s own Silicon Valley, was designed to host Africa’s tallest building and hold its own in the tech hub arena. The development, a product of leading Italian architects, was designed to host a cluster of buildings on an ICT Park was intended to create more than 50,000 jobs for the ICT sector in Ghana. However, implementation of the master plan has been stagnated since 2013 due to economic downturns. It remains to be seen whether the $10bn project will materialize to change Africa’s skyline for good.



Konza Techno City

The project which has come to be known as Africa’s Silicon Savannah, is a Kenyan urban initiative 60 kilometres South East of the capital, Nairobi on 5000 acres of land. Experts estimate that the city will cost $15.5bn to put up and will generate about $1bn for the country annually. Envisioned as a global technology hub under the country’s Vision 2030, the city will include cutting edge technologies in Education, Life sciences, Telecoms, Business Processing Outsourcing and Information Technology Enabled Services. Its smart city framework includes interconnectedness and embedded sensors in the urban environment.



Vision City

Overlooking the city from the hilly backdrop of Kigali, Vision City personifies the ethos of the smart city movement in Africa. The largest housing project in the country’s history is at the centre of Rwanda’s urban transformation campaign. According to the plans, the city will focus on innovation to drive Africa’s digital transformation agenda. Launched in 2013, the cost of putting up the city is estimated at $1.9bn and will provide housing for 22,000 people over eight years.



Eko Atlantic

The new coastal city under construction on Victoria Island, bordering Lagos is a modern marvel. The city is built on about 2400 acres of land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean and protected by a 8.5 kilometre long sea wall. The city will include independent reliable electricity, advanced fibre optic telecoms, and state of the art urban design. In 2009, the Clinton Global Initiative recognised Eko Atlantic as one of the most inspired and ambitious civil engineering projects in Africa. Upon completion, the economic impacts of the $6bn urban behemoth might just save Africa’s largest and fastest growing mega city with an estimated potential to create 250,000 new jobs.

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South Africa

Waterfall City

The largest mixed-use development in South Africa, Watefall City is Gauteng’s new work, live and play address. The new development is strategically placed adjacent o Africa’s largest mall, Mall of Africa. The development spanning 2200 hectares of land, is expected to be completed in 2025. With a contemporary design embodying the essence of an integrated lifestyle package, the development offers the opportunity to experience work-life balance at its best. The $1.2bn development is projected to create 86,000 jobs.

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South Africa

Lensaria SmartCity

A new smart-city is taking shape in Lanseria, which 350,000 to 500,000 people will call home within the next decade. The city’s infrastructure and economy are centred on the airport and are designed to promote “a new city form of cross-cultural living”.The project would create 50,000 residential units and approximately 5 million square metres of commercial floor space. It will not only be smart and 5G-ready but will be a leading benchmark for green infrastructure continental and internationally.

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African SmartCities Matchmaking

we match country cities to your city, we match your city to other global cities

African Smartcities 2100

The Largest Megacities by 2100 According to the report, human geography will look completely unfamiliar by the turn of the century. Here is a list of the 20 largest megacities projected for 2100: Rank Population Read more…


Natural degradation hazards The major natural hazards in the region, environmental conditions which act as predisposing factors for land degradation, are: For water erosion: monsoonal rains of high intensity; steep slopes of the mountain and Read more…


Telecom companies like AT&T, T-Mobile, BT, Euskaltel, and Telstra have signed some of the biggest corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) to date. Telecommunications giant AT&T is ranked second in corporate PPAs and BT is only Read more…


Electricity Infrastructure We cover several markets in the area of clean electricity. Off-grid electricity markets: Autonomous systems Off-grid sites: domestic (Solar Home Systems, Lighting, etc.), communities (vllages, public buildings) and industry (pumping in agriculture, telecommunications Read more…


Agri Food Chain The number of people without access to electricity is estimated at more than a billion, while almost 2.9 billion still rely on traditional, unsustainable biomass sources such as firewood for cooking and Read more…


Bioenergy use falls into two main categories: “traditional” and “modern”. Traditional use refers to the combustion of biomass in such forms as wood, animal waste and traditional charcoal. Modern bioenergy technologies include liquid biofuels produced Read more…


Governments as Smart Governments Cities account for the bulk of global energy use. With the urban population growing everywhere, measures at the municipal level are a crucial element in the shift to sustainable, renewable energy Read more…


Smart parking in a city – the first ffor Africa Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa has introduced a first for Africa,  a smart parking system to solve the lack of parking space for the hundreds of Read more…


Waterfall seeks to be the smart city in south africa.  the largest mixed use development in the country thus far. schools, shopping, green spaces, parks, and more


Ghana’s Hope city 10 billion dollar development outside Accra Will await the developments on this smart city Architect from Italy modelled this city of mixed use development which will have university, hospital, recreation and more Read more…


Konza technological City The government plans to complete the techno city just after 2030. This city once completed will bring in over a billion dollars and generate over 150,000 jobs This city will be built Read more…


The continent needs to find ways of improving urban life. Will these eye-catching projects prove to be white elephants, offering solutions for only a lucky few who can afford them? In June the Nigerian Smart Cities Read more…


Countries across Africa are putting “smart cities” on their agendas.  Rwanda, a regional leader in developing “smart cities,” published a Smart Cities Blueprint in May to help foster the use of technology in urban management. The continent Read more…


Mauritius, Seychelles, and Equatorial Guinea are the richest countries in Africa according to the latest research. With GDPs going up as high as $38,700.  According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Top 10 richest countries Read more…


Transportation  – Renewable buildings and transport will be crucial to ensure energy security Cities are responsible for 65% of global energy demand. Their contribution will, therefore, be crucial in accelerating the world’s transition to a sustainable Read more…

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