Cape Town - Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said on Thursday that a new "smart" city was doable and should be built on the values of a democratic government.
Dlamini-Zuma was reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa's third State of the Nation Address (SONA) held at Parliament on Thursday.
Ramaphosa said South Africans should imagine a country wherein all enjoy comfort and prosperity and where "a bullet trains passes through Johannesburg as they travel from here [Cape Town] to Musina, and they stop in Buffalo City on their way from eThekwini back here".
"I dream of a South Africa where the first entirely new city built in the democratic era rises, with skyscrapers, schools, universities, hospitals and factories."
Dlamini-Zuma said the country's current cities were built on apartheid spatial planning where people were living far from work, far from the city, living in dormitories and townships.