Human settlements present challenges in the provision of adequate housing, community buildings, roads, power supply, water and sanitation as well as the maintenance thereof. At the 2017 National Department of Human Settlements Development Summit, the opportunity was identified to respond to these challenges by means of upscaling the use of innovation and transformative technologies as a means to support new human settlements required by accelerated urbanisation, as well as for the upkeep  and renewal of existing settlements.

Elements of Sustainable Human Settlements

The assigned summit commission resolved to adopt a defined agenda and plan - that is the STI 4 SHS Roadmap - for the up-scaling of innovation and implementation of alternative technology solutions for smart cities with a community approach.