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Information Technology (IT) is a business sector dealing with computing and includes software, hardware, telecommunications and everything relating to transmission of information. It includes the management of data in various forms such as voice, text, image, audio among other forms. Since information technology is involved in the transmission of data, the internet becomes one of its key components. The main areas of information technology include;
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Data Storage
Early electronic computers such as colossus used punched tapes were essentially long strips of paper on which data was represented by a series of holes. The Williams tube was the first random access digital storage device. It was based on a cathode ray tube but the information stored on it needed to be refreshed often and would be lost when power was disconnected. The first hard disk drive was introduced by IBM in 1956. Today, most data is stored digitally on hard disks, digital magnetic tapes, and optical devices.
Databases
Database management systems gained significance in the 1960s as an alternative storage for large amounts of data. Their advantage is that they allow quick and accurate retrieval of the data. The first database was the IBM’s information management system which is still widely used today. In 1980, Oracle created the first commercially available relational database management system. Database management systems allow many users to access data simultaneously without compromising its integrity.
Data transmission
Data transmission involves three concepts: transmission, reception, and propagation. There are two broad categories. There is broadcasting which involves the unidirectional downstream transmission of data and telecommunications which involving bidirectional downstream and upstream channels. Beginning early 2000s, extensible markup language (XML) has been increasingly used as a means of data interchange. This is particularly so for machine oriented interactions like the ones involved in web oriented protocols like SOAP. One of the challenges in data transmission is in the conversion of data in relational databases into XML document oriented model structures.
Data manipulation
Massive amounts of data are generated and stored across the world every day. However, unless this data can be manipulated to give useful insights to people in different sectors who need it, it will remain useless and lying in “data tombs.” To deal with this problem, data mining technology which involves the process of interesting trends and patterns in large amounts of data has emerged since the 1980s.
Data retrieval
Structured query language (SQL) is programming language independent and based on relational algebra. It was introduced by relational database model. It should be noted that the terms data and information, though commonly used interchangeably are different. While data is in storage form, it becomes information when organized and presented meaningfully. Today, most data is unstructured and stored in different physical formats even within the same organization. In the 1980s, data warehouses started being developed to integrate the existing disparate stores.
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Medical education in Africa has significantly evolved over the years. From the time when there were only 5 medical schools in the region, to the expansion era after African countries achieved independence and now when the medical education structure is making efforts in providing mhealth programmes for students.

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Online courses have great potential of improving healthcare in Sub-Sahara Africa. However, the medical education department has had to face challenges including occasional cases of corruption, pandemics, civil unrest, famine and deficiency of resources dragging the progress.
Still, the 21st century has seen many developments in medical education, with the increment of medical schools, improvement of facilities and the curriculum, adapting to a more practical approach and the availability of more scholarships. Nowadays, the healthcare workforce in Sub-Sahara Africa is significantly greater, which translates into a healthier population and better health disasters management.
Whether you are considering joining medical school in Sub-Sahara Africa or being a stake holder in the sector, it is a worthy pursuit. Here is more detailed information about the state of all aspects of medical education, including mhealth, in this part of the world.

African Youth and e-learning.

It is important to note that now more than ever, African countries are turning to online platforms for information and assistance (9th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training, 2014). E-learning materials, including video and audio, are vital in providing skills and information for the continent's population (Iyadunni Olubode, Executive Director LEAP, 2014).

Fast forward to today, 81% of the population are mobile subscribers, 29% are internet users and 14% are active on social media(Digital In Africa 2017, Hootsuite). For Africans to be able to access distance education of medicine and mhealth care and support, more people have to be active internet users.

Health-affiliated phone practices of young people in Sub-Sahara AfricaMajor Challenges
  • Calling for practical and material help during times of sickness or emergencies.
  • Seeking health tips, first aid advice and information on medicines, symptoms and reproductive health.
  • Make enquiries and bookings on medical schools and health stations that have official platforms like website and online courses.

Recurrence of fatal diseases

Unfortunate events like the West African Ebola epidemic which is the most critical in the history of the disease, could have been better managed, if only there were enough doctors. 8,037 people succumbed to the Ebola virus in 2014 (WHO figures, 2014). Lack of information on the symptoms and causes of infection and prevention is one of the reasons why the killer disease spread so fast.

The Ebola epidemic is just one example of how important it is to have a huge health workforce. The lack of enough doctors meant over-shared medical services and little medical education on the disease, for the everyday citizen. For the state of public health to improve in Sub-Sahara Africa, more people have to be medically aware by using universal methods like e-learning. Also, the number of people pursuing medicine has to significantly increase, with m-learning being a brilliant compliment to classroom studies.

Other examples of major diseases that occur too often are; malaria, strokes, HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections and diarrhoea.

Education System: South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya in comparison

Now more than ever, the world is faced with health inequities. In Sub-Sahara Africa, the medical education system is still not in a state where it can produce enough doctors to serve the big population. Deficient budgetary resources, capacity gaps, attitudes, insufficient physical infrastructure and social and cultural practices are examples of things that are making it hard to educate enough doctors in SSA.

Even in countries where there is a considerable number of schools, those institutions lack the capacity to produce a significant number of doctors.

South Africa has eight medical schools with each being under the auspices of Public Universities. The number of schools of health in S.A might not be as many as in developed countries but the country is strict when it comes to licensing and regulating doctors. For example, after successfully completing studies, medical graduates are required to attend a two-year internship and one year of community service, before registering with the Health Professions Council and practising as a doctor. South Africa also offers international exams like USMLE and MCAT.

In Nigeria, improvements in medical education are still underway. For instance, medical students will be required to attend University for a minimum of 10 to 11 years. (Executive Secretary NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, 2016). According to the system, students are supposed to spend four years studying basic sciences, then major into their desired field in medicine for seven years. Many have argued against this policy, citing that 11-year programmes may not be affordable to all people interested in studying medicine.

Kenya has a significant number of medical students, considering the size of their 'Approved Medical Schools' list. There are about 11 institutions that offer medical courses in Kenya. There are also Kenya Medical Training Colleges almost in every county, with some counties hosting multiple KMTCs. Some groups like Community Health Promotions Kenya (CHPK) have also been coming up in attempts of popularising the online courses and idea of 'IT for medical education.'

Medical education in Sub-Sahara is promising. In fact, it is in the process of breaking out of its shell to reach its full potential. However, the governments of African countries need to collaborate effectively with medical staff, stake holders and other medical bodies to reduce the occurrence of strikes. Institutions that offer medical training should embrace edtech and e-learning methods like live webinars, e-books and online courses and revision of exams.

The administering of 'common' exams is also a way of closing the gaps on health, globally. African countries like Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria do the International Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)is available in most African countries, with Egypt, Uganda and Zimbabwe making the list.

Can distance education cause significant improvements in medical courses in Sub-Sahara?

Yes. Almost everything is possible with just an internet connection, in the 21st century. If people can make long-term relationships, sell and buy items, self-publish books, gamble and excel in careers that are solely online, why shouldn't medical education be available via the web? The Masters of Medicine can start being part of the solution by making their courses. lessons and learning and revision materials available online. Video lectures, consultations and e-distribution of learning tools psychologically prepare the medical students for their profession. Nowadays, it is also easier for students to refer to notes and access medical related news, updates and studies, online.

The ministries of health can improve public health by making soft medical information available. Important information includes warning and advice on hotspots for transmittable illnesses like Malaria, contact lists for hospitals and clinics, caution on resistant drugs or medicine that should no longer be in the market or is counterfeit. If mhealth is available for the largest fraction of the populations, positive improvements in health rates will be noticed.

To conclude, the structure of medical education in Sub-Sahara Africa has come from far and is still making noticeable progress. However, efforts to leapfrog into the m-learning generation are still not significantly fruitful. Action should be taken by the concerned bodies to make medical education, guidance, support and information available to students of medicine and the general public.

For more information and insight into edtech, please visit www.apps-for-learning.com

Fintech is the short form for financial technology which refers to the segment of technology startups disrupting financial services sectors like asset management, lending, payments, money transfers and fundraising. In essence, fintech is a new financial industry that makes use of technology to improve financial activities. It includes the new processes, applications, business models or products in the financial services industry composed of one or several complementary financial services provided as end-to-end services through the internet. To understand financial technology better, we propose to discuss some of the sector’s four main areas.
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Innovation in the payments sector has led to significant transformation. Fintech payment has seen the unbundling of some financial services. Consequently, non-bank players are now venturing into the foreign exchange sector and maximizing on the available cost-saving opportunities. The establishment of market standards and industry wide initiatives like SEPA and TARGET2 have led to more innovations in the corporate and wholesale payments sectors. Fintech payments is wide and encompasses;
  • Mobile wallets
  • P2P mobile payments
  • Foreign exchange and remittances
  • Real time payments
  • Digital currency solutions
  • Subscription economy
Ernest and Young reports that the gap between customer expectations and traditional wealth management institutions provides an opportunity for fintech startups to fill the gap. The rise in the number of people using mobile phones in doing business, especially so in the third world countries, has significantly helped fintech startups to exploit areas of dissatisfaction and underinvestment. Fintech wealth management is also wide and includes;
  • Mobile computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Advanced analytics
  • Robo-advising
In fintech cloud computing, computing services are delivered over the internet as opposed to computing services hosted on personal networks on personal premises.  Cloud computing services could be as simple as internet based emails or as complex as advanced customer relationship management applications. Fintech cloud computing services can be offered as;
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Fintech debt management is the application of financial technology in debt management. Instead of the traditional debt counselors, fintech debt management uses programmes that customize your situation as a debtor to suit your income. The programme allows you to view all your debt balances, interests and the years that you will spend paying off. You can add new creditors and remove existing ones as need arises. Fintech debt management also includes online and mobile debt counselling services.
Fintech user experience (UX) design has improved the accessibility and usability of financial services leading to more customer satisfaction. In addition to the traditional human computer interaction design, fintech UX design encompasses other aspects of fintech products perceived by users. Elements of fintech UX design include;

  • Visual design
  • Interaction design
  • Usability
  • Accessibility
  • Information architecture
In South Africa, August 2017, Property developers, suppliers and owners recently got the opportunity to showcase their best projects and services from across sub-Saharan Africa at the Africa Property Investment (API) Awards held on 24 August this year.

The awards, which were held at the API Summit and Expo 2017 (www.APIsummit.co.za), recognised innovation and outstanding achievement across the entire property industry in seven categories. The categories include Best Retail Development, Best Mixed-Use Development, Best Commercial High-rise Development, Best Architectural Design, Best Green Building in Sub Saharan Africa, Best Hotel Development and Best Housing Development. The winning developments came from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Namibia and Rwanda.

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The projects were judged on a wide range of criteria including location, infrastructure and transport access, integration into the environment, originality of the concept, technical and architectural quality, services offered, sensitivity to the local community, innovation, sustainability, corporate staff involvement, response to market demands, financial performance, occupancy, and the impact of the project on economic convergence. 

The calibre of entries was world class and the judges had a challenging time selecting the winners, nevertheless they managed to hone in on the best projects. Here are the winners for each category from the  2017 Africa Property Investment Awards.

Kfir Rusin, Managing Director of API Events (APIevents.com): “We congratulate all the winners and finalists as well as their respective project teams. They have set an exceptionally high standard for real estate developments across sub-Saharan Africa and continue to shape the African built environment landscape. API Events is proud to be associated with these companies and wishes to aid in further pushing the boundaries of excellence for African property development.”

Best Retail Development - Winner: Kumasi City Mall, Ghana - Atterbury (Developer) and Boogertman & Partners (Architects)
The 18 000 sqm Kumasi City Mall is the first one stop shopping destination for Kumasi in the Asokwa region of Ghana.  The project, developed by Atterbury, includes innovative features such as composite timber as cladding and breezeblock walls. The design stays architecturally sensitive to the region and includes green building features like natural ventilation, wastewater harvesting and LED lighting. The building was based on the African notion of gathering under the trees and as such is rooted within a Ghanaian forest analogy and the context of Kumasi.

Best Commercial High-rise Development -  Winner: Accra Financial Centre, Ghana - RMB Westport (Developer)
The Accra Financial Centre offers 14 648m2 of prime office space in Accra Ghana. The project was developed in line with international health and safety requirements and includes sustainable features such as energy efficient lighting solutions, isothermally insulated cavity walls to help maintain internal temperatures that reduce the building’s dependence on artificial air conditioners. The development includes a ground floor retail bank, nine floors of A-grade offices, ample parking and an additional 314m2 of retail space on the ground floor.

Best Mixed-Use Development - Winner: Kigali Heights, Rwanda - Kigali Heights Development Company (Developer), Fusion Capital (Financier-Kigali Heights), Century Real Estate (Property Managers - Kigali Heights)
The Kigali Heights Development comprises a world class office block with 12 750 sqm of Grade A office space, 5 250 sqm of prime retail space and 300 parking bays. The 18 000 sqm development was designed with flexibility and energy efficiency at its core. Kigali Heights features green building solutions such as solar powered lighting that augments the national grid and an in-house sewerage treatment plant both firsts for any commercial building in Rwanda. The development boasts a series of functional spaces which have a strong identity.

Best Green Building in Sub Saharan Africa - Winner: Garden City, Kenya – Actis (Developer)
Garden City is East Africa’s first integrated residential, retail and office development. Set on 32 acres the development includes an approximately 45 000m2 shopping mall, over 200 residential apartments and 20 000m2 built-to-suit office space. Developed by Actis in line with the Kenyan government’s Vision 2030 the project has sustainability at its core and features the largest solar paneled carport in Africa on the mall’s rooftop parking area. The developer’s vision was to create a “live-work-play” environment to cater to the community in the North-East suburbs of Nairobi.

Best Hotel Development - Winner: Strand Hotel, Namibia - DHK Architects (Architects)
The Strand Hotel has become a landmark in the seaside town of Swakopmund, Namibia. The development includes 87 luxury suites and 28 upmarket apartments, 610m2 promenade retail space, more than 1000m2 of conference, business and banqueting facilities as well as 1000m2 of health and spa facilities and a restaurant. The design of the hotel meets the requirements of the local heritage council and responds sensitively to the existing indigenous landscape. To avoid directly imitating the existing architecture a functional contemporary design approach was adopted resulting in a unique aesthetic.

Best Housing Development - Winner: Karibu HomesKenya - Karibu Homes (Developer)
Project Description: Karibu Homes is a leading Kenyan developer of mass market affordable housing with 1000 homes currently under development. The developer has successfully delivered the first community of affordable housing in Nairobi having already completed Phase 1 of the project with 285 homes built and sold. Work on Phase 2 has started with 500 homes under construction.  Since inception the development has had a significant systemic impact on the affordable housing ecosystem in general with both public and private institutions actively seeking to learn something from the development through site visits, panel discussions and scholarships. 

Best Architectural Design - Winner: Torres Rani Towers, Mozambique - DSA Architects (Architects)
The Torres Rani Towers development in downtown Maputo, Mozambique is a two-tower structure that spans 775 000 sq. ft. The development includes office space, a residential tower of 181 furnished and serviced residences, a two-storey secured parking garage, and a retail area that will service both towers. Within the residential tower, 117 one-bedroom and studio units will be fully managed by Radisson Blu. Amenities include two swimming pools, a children’s play area, restaurants as well as lounges and a state of the art gymnasium.

Contemporary businesses cannot survive without a powerful online presence. The company website is the essence of a brand building, which is why there are more than 1.2 billion active web pages at the moment. But it’s not easy to come up with a captivating domain name among so many competing websites. In this article, we will give you 10 hot tips for creating the best domain name.

Practical Steps to Attractive Website

Brand managers at Essays Scholar Advisor often say that creating a domain name is not exactly a rocket science but you still need to respect some basic steps while designing it. Let’s take a closer look at the 10 most important suggestions.

  • Do the homework

Before you begin brainstorming, you need to analyze the current status of your industry. Check the domains of your biggest competitors and avoid the names that sound way too similar. You want to look as important as other companies but still, you need to distinguish your brand and make it recognizable.

  • Make a memorable name

Talking about differentiation, we also suggest you choose the domain name which sounds powerful and memorable. Test your ideas with friends or family members. If you tell them the name of your web page and they can’t repeat it immediately, it’s probably a bad solution.

  • Simple spelling

Your audience will have to type in and search for your website online, which is why you must use simple words. Avoid complicated spelling solutions, especially if you are developing a global business. Remember that consumers in other countries might not understand it well and allow them to search your name without additional complications.

  • Domain name should be intuitive

The name of your website should be intuitive enough so that people can figure out easily what it is all about. The perfect solution would be to create an inspiring and intriguing domain but not too enigmatic. Of course, don’t fool around too much because you might end up with one of the unintentionally inappropriate domain names.

  • Easy pronunciation

Memorable names are usually easy to say out loud. Keep in mind that pronunciation is very important if you don’t want to confuse your audience. They will remember the words that are not difficult to pronounce, which is also good if you want to receive some word-of-mouth marketing.

  • Keep it (reasonably) short

Short and sweet domain names are memorable and easy to pronounce, so try to avoid long expressions and complicated word combinations. However, this doesn’t mean that you should chase short website names at all costs. Be reasonable and stick to the shortest option which really makes sense.

  • Use keywords

Search engine optimization is the most influential element of contemporary marketing. Even though it is not easy anymore to create domain names with industry-related keywords, it would be perfect if you could find such solution. It will leave no doubt for potential brand followers, while your SEO rating would skyrocket.

  • No numbers and hyphens

You’ve probably figured out by now that domain names should be as simple as possible. That’s exactly why you should not use numbers and hyphens. Such symbols only make things more complicated and set the foundation for many typing mistakes.

  • Use popular domain ending

Domain ending is like a signature at the end of your website name. And you definitely want to keep your domain ending trustworthy. For instance, you can never make a mistake with .com and .net or .co.uk. These are all reliable namespaces but you can check out more solutions from the global domain name extension list.

  • Protect your domain

Once your business grows larger, other companies will want to grab a portion of your market share and they might try to use similar website names. If you want to develop a strong brand and keep it safe from competitors, you should buy several domain extensions that sound alike. At the same time, you can purchase the misspelled domain versions of your primary web page. This way, you will redirect all customers to your website even if they mistype it.

Conclusion

The best domain names attract thousands of followers and potential consumers. However, in the strong business competition, it is not easy to think of a high-quality website name. In this article, we gave you an overview of the 10 most important steps that you need to take into account while creating your domain name. Make sure to use them and let us know in comments did you find it helpful. Also find domain name and IT companies on technology directory, TechDirectory.io.
West Africa’s leading provider of connectivity and data center solutions, MainOne (www.MainOne.net) has reiterated the importance of Internet traffic domiciliation as a key requirement for growing the internet ecosystem in Africa. Speaking at the just concluded African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF), MainOne’s Chief Executive Officer, Funke Opeke challenged the continent’s leading Internet players to exchange traffic on the continent, noting that this would significantly lower costs and improve performance.

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During her keynote address titled “Vision 80/20 by 2020” which approached the goal set by AfPIF to route 80% of Africa’s Internet traffic on the continent by the year 2020, Ms. Opeke examined the internet landscape in Africa and rued the current ecosystem of routing over 80% of the Internet traffic from Nigeria abroad, incurring expensive transit costs and increasing service latency. According to her, transactions initiated in Africa typically leave the sender for a long journey outside the continent, usually to Europe, America or even Asia before returning to target recipient e.g. a bank down the road from the sender, with the response traveling all the way back the same tortuous route to the sender. She inquired why an end-user who requests to access his records in a bank down the road would want their banking transaction to travel from Lagos to London, when it is feasible to interconnect this traffic, and revealed that this process of routing traffic outside the continent increases Internet costs and delays content delivery to the region by approximately 150 milliseconds.

Ms. Opeke noted that “Africa needs to retain more local traffic within the continent to drive more value from the Internet. This can be achieved by leveraging robust Internet Exchange Points and access via local interconnection points and local data centers which provide a platform for different networks to directly interconnect with other operators and exchange traffic, guaranteeing lower bandwidth costs, quicker access to more content providers and carriers and lower latency for local markets.”

She explained that until a few years ago, internet capacity in Africa was low with few high-speed networks and data centers to provide users the connectivity and content they desired. According to her, this narrative is changing, as Africa’s growing fiber network density and increase in world-class data centers makes it much easier for content providers and OTT operators to host and serve data locally. Ms. Opeke said MainOne’s data center company, MDXi had addressed these concerns by hosting the Nigerian Internet Exchange and launching an open interconnection service to facilitate collaboration and peering within its Lekki data center. Ms. Opeke also shared the company’s strategy towards deepening regional integration and digital transformation of West Africa with submarine access to data centers in Lagos and Accra interconnecting all major operators, a new data center coming up in Sagamu, Nigeria, and its intent to extend its submarine cable to Cote D’Ivoire.

During the panel session that followed, industry experts queried why Nigeria, with the largest number of investments in subsea cables in the region, has failed to produce digital oil by taking its rightful place as the Internet hub for West Africa. They urged for regulatory incentives to increase private and public peering at local exchanges to boost internet traffic, which is guaranteed to create and improve the ease of doing business across the continent and boost economic growth.

An initiative of the Internet Society, the three-day conference focused on developing Internet interconnection and traffic exchange opportunities and brought together key infrastructure providers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), global content producers and providers, data center operators, policy-makers and regulators and other key players across Africa to discuss Internet traffic exchange issues on the 
The Univeristy of Cape Town, South Africa will be the First African University to offer Fintech Degree Courses.

University of Cape Town Fintech degree graduates are expected to gain the requisite skills in Blockchain technology and machine learning. In particular, at the end of the course, students are expected to have a mastery of machine learning methods and be able to develop their own applications.



Blockchain technology topics, a broad technology that enables companies to store information in a cryptographically secure and distributed database. The technology allows you to store information in a transparent and accessible but secure ledger. The best-known application of blockchain technology today is bitcoin, a digital currency that has seen a surge in value in recent months. Blockchain technology is also applied in automated supply chain management, health and insurance services sectors.


The award-winning African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit comes to Gauteng in October to gather leading built environment and property professionals, architects, project developers, investors, town planners, and city and municipal managers from all over the continent to focus on “Developing Future African Cities”.

“Over the next 20 years, growth in Africa’s urban population will increase the demand for more infrastructure, including transport, housing, hospitals, schools, retail, industrial and fundamental facilities,” says Benjamin Jones, Event Manager of African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit. He adds: “to meet this ongoing demand, public and private sector stakeholders will need to adapt their strategies to develop and fund projects that will need to meet the specific demands and challenges of African cities.” The summit will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25-26 October.


JLL, the global financial and professional services firm specialising in commercial real estate services and investment management, is the official content sponsor for the event. Simon Ardonceau (MRICS), JLL’s Head of Strategic Consulting, Sub-Saharan Africa and speaker at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit, says: “driven by strong fundamentals such as sustained economic growth, favourable demographics, emergence of a middle class and rapid urbanisation, the real estate sector is bound to grow.”

Visionary city planning
In November last year, the inaugural African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Cape Town provided an innovative space for more than 300 sector experts gathered for interactive sessions that focused on key case studies of visionary city planning, investment opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate sectors across the continent as well as the challenges of urbanisation. A key finding of the conference was that Africa’s cities are facing an urban ‘polycrisis’ and that there is a need for a new urban agenda and an opportunity for innovative solutions to address urbanisation challenges.

The summit was voted Africa's best Confex (half conference, half exhibition) earlier this year by the AAXO ROAR event industry awards.

More key findings that emerged during the first African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit included:
-     African countries need to adopt new development models designed to take
    advantage of urbanisation by facilitating structural transformation, creating jobs
    and addressing social inequality and poverty, while creating sustainable human
    settlements with equal opportunity for all.
  • The future of Africa is at stake and the future of Africa will be more and more linked to how cities are managed and the way they choose to contribute to African unity.
  • Careful, complex, thorough administrative management and pro-poor urban development will turn African cities into world-class cities, not design plans based on fantasy Dubai-esque city makeovers.
  • The City of Cape Town has invested over R22 billion in infrastructure over the last five years and needs to provide an additional 650 000 housing opportunities over the next 20 years.
  • Merely pursuing low-density low-cost housing on the outskirts of the cities is not an option. Innovative thinking must be part of the solutions for urbanisation challenges and partnerships between the public and private sectors play an important role.

Leading African cities that have been invited to showcase their major infrastructure and building projects and opportunities in October at African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit include: Abuja, Nigeria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Cape Town, South Africa; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Johannesburg, South Africa; Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Luanda, Angola; Lusaka, Zambia; Maputo, Mozambique; Nairobi, Kenya; Harare, Zimbabwe and Kinshasa, DRC.
Property Buyer Show
During the same week as African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit, the Property Buyer Show also comes to Gauteng from 27-29 October at the Sandton Convention Centre. The Property Buyer Show, which took place for the first time in Cape Town in April this year, is a unique exhibition aimed at first-time residential property buyers or real estate investors. The innovative exhibition layout is designed to walk buyers through the property buying process and meet with Developers, Agents and Financial Service Providers.
The African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit and the Property Buyer Show are organised by the multi award-winning Spintelligent, well known for organising exhibitions and conferences across the continent in the infrastructure, energy, mining, agriculture and education sectors. Longstanding flagship events by Spintelligent include African Utility Week, Future Energy Nigeria (formerly WAPIC), Future Energy East Africa (formerly EAPIC), Agritech Expo Zambia, DRC Mining Week and EduWeek. Spintelligent is part of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

Dates and location:
African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit: 25-26 October 2017
Property Buyer Show conference: 27 October 2017
Property Buyer Show expo: 28-29 October 2017
Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Websites: http://www.african-real-estate-summit.com/ & http://www.propertybuyershow.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARES_Summit & https://twitter.com/propertyshowsa
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8518271

Media contact:
Senior communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone:  +27 21 700 3558
Mobile:  +27 82 562 7844
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@spintelligent.com