NO MORE TECHNOLOGY DUMPING FOR THE SAKE OF TECHNOLOGY

NDP Executive Summary: “By 2030, ICT will underpin the development of a dynamic and connected information society and a vibrant knowledge economy that is more inclusive and prosperous. A seamless information infrastructure will be universally available and accessible and will meet the needs of citizens, business and the public sector, providing access to the creation and consumption of a wide range of converged services required for effective economic and social participation – at a cost and quality at least equal to South Africa’s main peers and competitors … ICT will continue to reduce spatial exclusion, enabling seamless participation by the majority in the global ICT system, not simply as users but as content developers and application innovators”. 1 The fact… Continue reading

INVEST IN A DIGITALLY ENABLED WESTERN CAPE

Moving forward, the CDF would like to invite Government, Business, Education and Civil Society to partner with the Foundation in various ways – the most vital of which is to attract investment from the private sector. Although the governments of South Africa and the Western Cape have put considerable effort into preparing the citizenry for a new digital world, it seems that many projects and programmes have fallen short due to the narrow or silo-based nature of these initiatives. The CDF’s aim is to capitalise on the collaborative work of many stakeholders in the Western Cape, across government, business, education and civil society. This collaborative approach, which espouses trust and reciprocity between stakeholders, encompasses an enabling “doing with” approach rather… Continue reading

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

The Government of the Western Cape, in line with South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), is driving the wholesale uptake, across the province, in the use of digital technologies (DT) by all communities and individuals. Broadband infrastructure is currently being rolled out across the province. The grand challenge going forward is to effectively harness the power of modern digital devices and applications to meet the NDP’s goal – to increase e-readiness or digital readiness towards building a more inclusive digital economy and society. The Western Cape Government (WCG) is open to strategic partnerships and instigated the set up of the CDF to give rise to a platform to integrate effort, where multiple stakeholders across government, business, education and civil society… Continue reading

WHAT IS NEEDED TO TURN THE TIDE IN SOUTH AFRICA’S DROP OFF IN E-READINESS?

In March 2015, the National Integrated ICT Policy review panel published its Review Report tabling its recommendations for “an integrated approach for future policy, such that the long term 2030 vision, as espoused in our NDP will indeed be achieved”, for the consideration of the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. This report makes a range of admirable recommendations, including that the “recommended approach to ensure broadband connectivity across the entire country must include both private sector participation and state investment”, and that “a coordinated approach to developing the digital society, including e-government should be adopted including: i. The use of multi-departmental mechanisms to deal with cross-cutting issues. … iv. A multi-stakeholder forum must be considered to ensure awareness and… Continue reading