DEDAT VISITS THE CDF’S RAPID PROTOTYPE ENVIRONMENT (RPE)

On 9 March delegates from the Department of Economic Development & Tourism visited the CDF’s Rapid Prototype Environment, thus practically participating in a time-compressed cycle that emulates the creation and ongoing development of a virtual knowledge ecosystem and practices – in communities from the ground up to governmental departments.

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The term Digital Dividends (or Benefits) refers to the broader development benefits from investing in digital technologies. Growth, jobs, and services are the most important returns to digital investments (World Bank, 2016). This is achieved by reducing information costs, greatly lowering the cost of economic and social transactions for companies, individuals, and the public sector. Digital technologies promote innovation and increase inclusion as people gain access to services that previously were inaccessible. In the developmental environment, Digital Dividends are tightly linked to the on-demand economy but require greater digital adoption and development of technology skills, which in turn encourages lifelong learning. In the South African developmental context, it is important that Digital Dividends are fostered through the “pro-poor” policies and achieved… Continue reading

CDF CALLS FOR 50/50 PRINCIPLE TO DRIVE THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016 saw Senior United Nations officials from around the world observe the day with a call to Step Up the pace, with an increase in resources and greater political action to achieve gender equality by 2030. The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” – with 2030 being the deadline to reach new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In keeping with this theme, in an interview on Bush Radio Cape Digital Foundation CEO Mymoena Williams fielded questions around gender equality in the workplace: BR: The Planet 50/50 [directive] talks about equality in society. What does the Cape Digital Foundation do to promote this equality? MW:… Continue reading

E-LEARNING AND E-TEACHING: A STRATEGIC GAME CHANGER WITHIN THE WESTERN CAPE

In her State of the Province Address 2016, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille stated that e-Learning has been identified as a strategic game-changer for the Western Cape’s broadband project. Working in partnership with Neotel, the CDF, and others, the Western Cape government aims to give learners and teachers instant access to the very best digital materials for teaching and learning, along with cultivating a culture of virtual knowledge communities and practices. All schools in the province will have access to free high-speed internet access by the end of 2016. “Advocacy and creating awareness are going to be critical to ensure all schools understand exactly what the virtual climate network entails and citizens are aware of what broadband entails” – Cape Digital… Continue reading

COLLABORATIVE MINDHIVE TO BE CONVENED

To provide a collaborative discussion platform for Government, Business, Education and Civil Society, the CDF will be facilitating a MINDHIVE. The event will focus on the e-Learning and e-Teaching programme of the Western Cape Government. The success of a programme of this magnitude depends on multi-stakeholder collaboration; speakers from industry and government will form an essential part of the line-up for the day. They will be followed by facilitated discussions to meet the event’s aim of providing a platform for the joint formulation of a the best mechanisms for collaborative partnerships between government, businesses and citizenry. Topics for discussion will encompass how to get involved in leveraging the use of the internet connectivity and smart devices inside and beyond the… Continue reading