WHAT IS THE POINT OF 5G IF SOUTH AFRICANS ARE NOT DIGITALLY ASTUTE?

Protagonists of 5G believe that South Africa risks falling behind on the connectivity curve if the country does not move quickly to provide consumers with 5G connectivity – the next generation of mobile internet. However, while ICT and telecommunications professionals agree that 5G, as the “convergence of several influential technologies, is expected to enhance critical processes within key sectors like education and healthcare” – will emerging markets like South Africa be ready to integrate this development in technology by 2020? So what is 5G? At present, 5G does not signify any particular type of technology and there have not yet been any formally agreed upon standards for 5G networks. What has been determined is that the main advance in 5G… Continue reading

THOUGHT LEADERS SEMINAR SERIES

  In light of this article you are invited to join the CDF, in collaboration with Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Neotel and Cape Peninsula University of Technology at their first Thought Leader’s Seminar series on 14 February 2017 at the Cape Digital Foundation. The topic: Accelerating e-Readiness in the Western Cape: Strategic Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Architecture for Digital Economy & Society. Watch this space for further information

THE START OF A NEW DIGITAL ERA FOR SA

In a media briefing on 3 October 2016 Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, released a statement on Cabinet’s approval of the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, passed on Wednesday 28 September. The White Paper adopts an integrated policy that covers both the ICT and Postal Sectors, setting out government’s recognition and commitment to the important of to modern communications infrastructure and service. Further, it is about our people and their future, irrespective of where they reside. As advocated for by the CDF at the E-Strategies Africa Forum in July 2016, and in keeping with the CDF’s strategic objectives of funding, strategic partnership acquisition and stakeholder management, the White Paper sets out… Continue reading

A SHIFT TO COLLABORATIVE DIGITAL IMPACT

  At the e-Strategies Africa Forum held in July 2016, the Cape Digital Foundation (CDF) advocated for a Digital Development Fund.  The need for this fund is critical to drive digital transformation with real aggregated impact and as such one of the strategic objectives of the the Foundation is that of funding, strategic partnership acquisition and stakeholder management.  The Foundation with its partners have already demonstrated the impact of resources and effort across stakeholders through its aggregated model. Three months later, in a media briefing on 3 October 2016, Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, released a statement on Cabinet approval of the National Integrated Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Policy White Paper, passed on Wednesday 28… Continue reading

NEOTEL RE-COMMITS TO CDF IN THEIR COLLABORATIVE MANDATE

NEOTEL RE-COMMITS TO CDF IN THEIR COLLABORATIVE MANDATE TO HELP REAP THE DIGITAL DIVIDEND FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOUTH AFRICA AND HER PEOPLE At a CDF/Neotel press conference held on 29 September 2016, Neotel recommitted to their support of CDF, with Imraaan Abbas, Neotel’s Chief Networks and Customer Services Officer saying, “Technology and connectivity is one thing but what shifts the goalposts is how we use it.  We believe that an integrated and collaborative approach will ensure that investment in technology in regards to socio-economic development has a game changing impact and gains real traction.  It is for that reason that Neotel is renewing its funding of the CDF for another year, to the amount of R1 million. “

THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM FOR EDUCATION MUST BE EMBEDDED BY ICT

REAPING REWARD FROM ICT INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION REQUIRES THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM FOR EDUCATION TO BE EMBEDDED BY ICT It is not enough to incorporate ICT tools alongside the previous teaching methods practised in Western Cape and South African classrooms.  There is little advantage in using ICT tools if there is no real world benefit to the learner and the whole learning process needs to be transformed by the integration of ICT tools into teaching practices.  Yet, the reality is that the majority of South African teachers have not personally integrated the use of ICTs into their own lives at a level which leads to becoming confident with these new tools in the classroom, to employ them in a way that… Continue reading

LIVITY AFRICA’S DIGIFY BYTES PROGRAMME

THE CDF AND LIVITY AFRICA, SPONSORED BY GOOGLE, PARTNER TO PROVIDE SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES FOR LOCAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT, TO ADVANCE THE DIGITAL ECONOMY In accordance with collaborative plans for local impact and in growing the digital economy and society – the rolling out of Livity Africa’s Digify Bytes programme in the Western Cape – the CDF and Livity Africa hosted their Digital 101 course for a range of 45 unemployed and self-employed entrepreneurs at the Interactive Community Access Network (I-CAN) Centre in Elsies River on Tuesday 30 August. Livity Africa’s Digital 101 course is designed to educate the youth in the basics of digital marketing in one day.  This course content, which is currently not formally incorporated into the curricula… Continue reading

WITHOUT RELEVANT DIGITAL CONTENT TECHNOLOGY IS A DEAD END

In their high level assessment, this year, on the JP-IK Pop-Up Classroom placed in Factreton Primary School the CDF’s assessment showed that the learners at the school are fairly well prepared for using ICT devices for learning purposes.  On the other hand the teachers need help associated with their e-skills, post-implementation support, motivation and change management; and also with their classroom management in the ICT enabled learning environment. One of the drawbacks of using the technology, which teachers at Factreton Primary have experienced, has been the availability of quality content in keeping with the CAPS curriculum. CDF partner, Eduworks, have installed their DigiSchool digital educational content platform in the Factreton Primary Pop Up classroom.  Having seen Eduwork’s content at work, for the first time, in a Grade 3… Continue reading

RADICAL CHANGE NEEDED FOR AN ALL-INCLUSIVE DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

RADICAL CHANGE NEEDED FOR ENTREPRENEURS TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ALL-INCLUSIVE DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY In a round table event held at the Bandwidth Barn in Khayelitsha on 28 September, Ineng – The Independent Entrepreneurship Group held a discussion entitled ‘More digital access for entrepreneurs through less regulation’. Cape Town based Ineng is a non-profit association created to promote public policies that enable entrepreneurship, with a vision to help build a prosperous South Africa where people can easily start businesses and create wealth for themselves, their families and their communities. To launch the discussion Gareth Bloor of Eneng outlined two current issues:  Firstly reporting a criticism that says that the Big Three telcos are charging high prices because they can – juxtaposed with some… Continue reading

GovTech ICT CONFERENCE 2016

The 11th GovTech ICT conference will take place from 30 October – 2 November 2016 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand. GovTech is SITA’s pre-eminent South African ICT conference focused on public sector ICT service delivery. The theme for GovTech 2016 is ICT for Development, Access and Growth – how technology improves service delivery for citizen empowerment. It is the annual meeting place for representatives from government and industry to share information, knowledge and professional experiences in serving citizens better through the use of information and communications technologies. The GovTech conference’s target audience include: DGs,  Deputy DGs,  CIOs, CTOs, IT Directors and senior-level leaders across all levels of government, who are involved in the evaluation, selection, procurement or management of technology; as… Continue reading