Big African cities could see a significant increase in their population numbers by the end of the century with smarter planning becoming more imperative in order to provide sufficient housing and other social welfare infrastructure for current and new residents.

For example, in Nigeria, Lagos could see its population spike from its current 20-million to more than a 100-million by 2099.

The South African Cities Network says cities provide many employment and other opportunities for migrants and therefore people will continue to flock in large numbers.

Programme Manager at the SA Cities Network, Danga Mughogho, says an influx of new residents leads to additional pressures on urban infrastructure.

Mughogho says urban development must be inclusive and cater to future challenges.

Access the latest State of South African Cities report here.

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