Africa’s cities of opportunity
Johannesburg is ranked third in PwC’s i naugural Africa- focused Cities of Opportunities report, where it looked at the potential of 20 African cities believed to be among the most dynamic and future-focused on the continent.
The African continent i s crossed by five trends: demographic change, urbanisation, technological changes, the transfer of economic power and climate change, PwC said. Urbanisation is of particular importance, as by 2030 half North Africa Cairo 1st Tunis 2nd Casablanca 4th
Algiers 5th West Africa Accra 6th Lagos 8th Dakar 11th Abidjan 12th Central Africa Douala 16th Kinshasa 19th Luanda 20th
Dakar of Africa’s population will live in cities where economic activity and growth will be focused and which will become communication centres and hubs for social trends.
PwC based i ts rankings on four indicators: the economy, infrastructure, human capital and population/society. Four of the top-five cities in the report are located in North Africa: Cairo, Tunis, Algiers and Casablanca. This is mainly due to how long they have been established,
Douala Kinshasa Luanda Kampala Kigali
Cairo Addis Ababa
Nairobi Dar es Salaam
Maputo which has given them time to develop infrastructure and a regulatory and legal framework, and to establish a sociocultural ecosystem.
Johannesburg is the only exception to this pattern since it was only formed more recently (compared to the other cities that it’s ranked highly with), in 1886, and was developed rapidly for political reasons. Therefore, its infrastructure and services are comparable to those of the more established African cities.