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Proposal for an ICT MEC Print E-mail
Friday, 01 October 2010 12:22

Black IT Forum (BITF) secretary-general Motse Mfuleni says the proposal of a member of the executive council (MEC) focused on ICT was a solution discussed by ANC provincial structures in preparation for the NGC. Members of the BITF's executive committee attended many of the provincial conferences set up across the country in the run-up to the mid-term policy conference.
"One of the biggest issues leading to lack of transformation in the ICT sector is the fact that political oversight only takes place at national level. It is impossible for a minister to single-handedly effect change across all provinces and municipalities. Currently, this responsibility resides with the premier of each region.
"However, the typical premier's portfolio is so heavy that matters around ICT have to wait for a diary opening. Once initial proposals are made, the premier then needs to go away and investigate whether the proposed option is best before giving approval," explains Mfuleni.
As a result, says Mfuleni, the province's ICT implementations, industry and strategic initiatives do not receive the focused attention they require and often face delays.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2010 12:42
Report - Telecoms Regulatory Trends in Africa Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 18:11

According to BMI-Techknowledge, African countries are intensifying their efforts towards improving information and communication technology (ICT) regulation.

Their latest ‘Telecommunications Regulatory Trends across Africa’ report reveals that there have been varying outcomes to improving ICT regulation in terms of attracting investments and increasing penetration rates of ICT services.

For more information, visit the BMI-Techknowledge website.


Internet access is "a fundamental right" Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 11:08

Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right.

This is according to a BBC World Service survey of more than 27 000 adults across 26 countries.

In response to this, Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), told BBC News "The right to communicate cannot be ignored.  The internet is the most powerful potential source of enlightenment ever created."

He said that governments must "regard the internet as basic infrastructure - just like roads, waste and water. We have entered the knowledge society and everyone must have access to participate."

Click here for more information about the survey.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 April 2010 11:52
Department of Communications Budget Vote Speech 2010 Print E-mail
Monday, 24 May 2010 12:51

Minister of Communications, Siphiwe Nyanda, delivered his budget speech on 20 April 2010.  In it, he says "ICT strategy should be determined by the reality of our people’s needs. These needs are among others, our human resource development, ICT growth and competitiveness and the upliftment of the underdeveloped rural areas. Our strategic objective is to encourage social access to technologies within a people centered, development orientated paradigm. Our people should be empowered to access information and knowledge to bring about social transformation and cohesion.

Sustainable service delivery that impacts on communities require the effective use and deployment of appropriate integrated ICT at all levels. Building the developmental state without effective appropriation of ICT across government, business and civil society will delay and hamper the achievement of our developmental goals. ICT is a catalyst for service delivery and the backbone of 21st century socio-economic development."

Click here to download the full speech.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 13:06
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