This dialogue is inspired by the recently published book by ECSECC titled: "Placing the Smart City" Innovation, Infrastructure and Inclusive Urban Development in South Africa (2022), a culmination of years of research on how place-based institutions such as universities and medical centres (eds & meds) can play a pivotal role in the growth and development of the cities in which they are located. The book calls for a greater appreciation of how intertwined the interests and responsibilities of political and educational leaders in South African towns and cities are and how critical it has become for new conversations to occur between various stakeholders and between universities and the surrounding communities. In this regard, the dialogue will seek to answer the critical question, "What are the prospects of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality and its coalitions to rise to this challenge? Will the coalitions retard or advance good governance and leadership?"
The dialogue is to be organized by the Faculty of Humanities' Raymond Mhlaba Centre for Governance and Leadership (RMC) at the Nelson Mandela University in partnership with the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC).
This is a Hybrid event.
The physical part of the event will take place at: