The ANC to build a ‘smart city’. That’s an indisputable oxymoron

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The ANC to build a ‘smart city’. That’s an indisputable oxymoron

Instead of highfalutin proposals like building a ‘smart city’, Cyril and Co should figure out how to build toilets

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There’s a theory about why Dubai looks the way it does, namely, like a hundred shiny suppositories pointed at the sun.

In a nutshell, it’s all about who got to Arabia’s oil first, which history and rising damp in Miami tell us was the US. (The British Empire, believing that industry would forever be powered by weak tea, failed to dispatch the necessary bribes and gunboats in time.)

The rulers of Arabia (or life-size ventriloquists’ dummies who, in the right light, might pass for rulers of Arabia) were duly whisked across the Atlantic to meet the team. And it was there, the theory insists, that they first saw what a real oil town was supposed to look like...

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