Lanseria Smart City
The Greater Lanseria Master Plan (GLMP) is the first stage in the development of the new Smart City in Lanseria (Gauteng Province), as announced by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his 2020 State of the Nation Address. Following the announcement, a joint initiative led by the Gauteng Office of the Premier was formed to undertake extensive studies and engagements for the planning of Lanseria Smart City.

The Gauteng City Region population is estimated to increase from 12.5 million to 30 million over the next 30 years and is set to become a mega-city the likes of São Paulo, Mexico City and Jakarta.


Interdisciplinary approach


SMEC South Africa’s Urban Development team was appointed by GAPP Architects / Urban Designers as the Project Managers and infrastructure and transportation planners for the GLMP.


The interdisciplinary team produced an integrated infrastructure and transportation master plan to ensure that the future Smart City would be adequately serviced, all whilst considering sustainable and innovative solutions and technologies in each of the following areas: water, sanitation, electricity, solid waste, roads, stormwater and information and communications technology.

The Greater Lanseria Master Plan was an excellent opportunity for SMEC to influence the future of new smart city development in South Africa. Sustainable development guided all aspects of the master plan and resulted in a plan that encourages the adoption of new technologies, enabling waste-to-energy; recycling of water; generating electricity from biogas produced by wastewater treatment works; reducing solid waste and wastewater; and reducing the need to supplement water from outside the region’s catchment.
———— Deon du Plessis, SMEC Function Manager, Urban Development

Shifting the paradigms of a Smart City

The GLMP project will not reflect an extravagant tech-heavy city, but instead, a true post-apartheid city in which innovative technologies are used to provide smarter, more sustainable solutions and services that will change the apartheid spatial architecture and provide social and economic opportunity for all South Africans.

The project is a key opportunity to move urban sustainability beyond existing paradigms of planning, engineering and urbanisation to increasingly appropriate levels of sustainability, innovation and inclusivity.


Talk to one of our specialists about our role on the Lanseria Smart City Project.