CALLING ALL STAKEHOLDERS TO SUPPORT AN AGGREGATED E-READINESS MODEL

There are many factors that influence the effect of technology on productivity in developing countries, including South Africa. Top of the list is an absence of skills that would allow workers, entrepreneurs and public servants to seize opportunities in the digital world. ICT skills (e-skills) are key to improving the chances of gaining employment. Furthermore, affordability and inadequate access to, and use of, the Internet are key factors still largely influencing the underutilisation of modern Digital Technologies (DT) in many developing countries. South Africa’s ranking of 75th position in 2015 (after receiving 47th position in 2007 and 72nd position in 2012) clearly shows that South Africa is still not ready (e-ready) for full inclusion into the emerging digital economy and… Continue reading

FORGING A DIGITAL ECONOMY – THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A CREATIVE DIGITAL CONTENT HUB

The CDF, together with two key stakeholders – Eduworks and The Training Room online – have conceptualised the establishment of a Creative Digital Content Hub. This Hub will make use of the Western Cape Broadband Connection roll-out in order to contribute significantly towards achieving the goals of forging a digital economy. The vision for the Creative Digital Content Hub (CDCH) is to capacitate content developers, such as school leavers and unemployed graduates, that will develop or compile content in order to support the development of new skills and competencies aimed at the uptake and usage of digital technologies. The CDCH will also act as a content development incubator and could produce relevant targeted content to stimulate uptake and demand of… Continue reading

LEVERAGING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES

Memeza Shout Crime Prevention has partnered with the Cape Digital Foundation to address the possible safety challenges related to e-Readiness development. According to the 2014/15 Analysis of Crime Statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in September last year, the Western Cape’s overall contact crime increased by 7% whilst nationally, it stabilised at 0.9%. Crimes that are heavily dependent on police action for detection increased both provincially (3.0%) and nationally (1.9%). While the top 10 police precincts recorded almost half of the murders (47.7%) and attempted murders (47.7%) in the Province, the Nyanga police precinct, with 300 murder cases, maintains its position of number one in terms of murder. So how do we solve the problem, curb crime… Continue reading

THE CAPE DIGITAL FOUNDATION – OFF TO A FLYING START.

While the Cape Digital Foundation (CDF) is still in infancy at only eight months old, we have made some tremendous strides over the last quarter. The last eight months were critical to the building of collaborative partnerships with our stakeholders across Government, the Private Sector and Business, State Owned Companies, global development partners and agencies, continental and international partners, civil society and education, with the aim being to harness resources for mutual interest and benefit. We have had numerous partners officially come on board over the last eight months, with quarter four producing strategic partnerships with: Microsoft Cozacares (Nolwazi) AxizWork Group Snapplify The Social Project Another achievement over the last quarter is the level of awareness of the Foundation itself…. Continue reading