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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement in his state of the nation address on the development of smart cities at Lanseria on the West Rand has the potential to address legacies of the past and unlock opportunities to grow the economy.

According to the president, this new economic hub could become home to between 350,000 and 500,000 people over the next decade. But it cannot be done by the government alone; it requires public-private partnerships with the expertise to make good on the overall vision to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology — especially technology that leads to smart outcomes...

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