The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) has been organising the biennial Business Management Conference (BMC) for nearly a decade now. In 2018, the College will host the Fifth BMC from Thursday 23 August to Friday 24 August at Protea Hotel Edward located along Durban’s popular beachfront, the Golden Mile. The theme of the conference is: “African Cities of the Future: Management and Legal Solutions.”

as the best in Africa. In 2018, however, Cape Town is failing to cope with the effects of drought. It has been projected that the City’s taps will run dry from July 9, 2018 (popularly known as Day Zero) (February 2018 estimate). According to the South African Weather Service, 2015 and 2016 were the driest seasons in Cape Town since 1921 and the situation worsened the following year when the city recorded the driest ever season in its history in 2017. Cape Town is also home to Africa’s second largest slum, Khayelitsha, with an estimated population of 400,000.

The water problems, however, are not only confined to Cape Town, but are also prevalent in other African cities. In addition, the water supply problem is not only due to drought but a multiplicity of other factors too. According to Collington and Vezina (2000), even the largest international water enterprises have had to admit that they have found it difficult to respond to demand in squatter areas, as witnessed by the low coverage of piped water networks in African capital cities such as Bamako (Mali), Cotonou (Benin), and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). It is estimated that piped sewerage is but a distant dream for 90% of urban Africans (Collington and Vezina, 2000).

Nairobi in Kenya is regarded as one of the most developed cities in Africa, and certainly the economic hub of East Africa. The city, however, is facing an increasing growth of informal settlements. The city’s population has grown over the years from 11,500 inhabitants in 1906 to 3.1 million people in 2009 with more than half the population living in informal settlements and slums occupying less than 1% of Nairobi’s area and less than 5% in residential area (Mutisya and Yarime, 2011). Kibera informal settlement in South West Nairobi is known as the largest slum in Africa and the fourth largest in the world after Orangi Town in Karachi (Pakistani), Neza in Mexico City (Mexico) and Dharavi in Mumbai (India) India.

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Deadline for submissions 30 April 
Feedback on submissions  11 May 
Early bird registration closes  15 June 
Late registration opens 16 June 
Deadline for paper submissions  29 June 
Late registration closes  20 July 



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