THE FUTURE OF JOBS AND SKILLS IN SOUTH AFRICA

The importance of revolutionising education toward managing the future of skills and jobs in South Africa There are several factors that influence an unfavourable status quo in many developing countries, including South Africa. One of the main reasons for this is the absence of skills that allow workers, entrepreneurs and public servants to seize opportunities in the digital world. ICT skills are seen as key in this regard, as improving an individual’s chance of gaining employment. Reaping digital dividends in the Western Cape depends on enhancing the e-readiness of it citizen and organisations.

AFRICA COM CONFERENCE – AWARD WINNERS 2016

On the back of the annual AfricaCom conference, which was held at the CTICC in Cape Town from 6 – 10 November 2016, the AfricaCom Awards celebrate and pay tribute to industry initiatives within the African telecoms, media and ICT sectors which improve connectivity and digital transformation across the continent.  This year there were over 100 entries, and the winners within 13 categories were announced at an awards ceremony on 16 November 2016. AfricaCom is the biggest Business-2-Business tech event in Africa. It attracts over 10,000 people annually from the across the telecoms, media and ICT industries. Below is a table of all the 2016 award winners: Best Marketing Campaign Liquid Telecom AfriCan Best App for Africa Mauritius Telecom Traffic… Continue reading

THOUGHT LEADER’S SEMINAR SERIES – LAUNCHING IN FEBRUARY 2017

Email CDF at info@digitalfoundation.org.za  to let us know that you would like to attend 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 objective:  of this seminar is to determine the role of strategic leadership in driving innovation, competitiveness and growth through multi-stakeholder collaboration The topic:  Accelerating e-Readiness in the Western Cape: Strategic Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Architecture for Digital Economy & Society The target audience:  Senior government officials, senior business leaders, academics

ERRATUM

The article entitled Computers4Kids awarded a 3 year tender by DEDAT (published in the CDF Newsletter, dated 17 November 2016) should have read as follows: In 2015 Cape Digital Foundation’s partner Computers 4 Kids was awarded a 3 year tender by Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) to train 384 000 Western Cape citizens on how to connect to and use the limited free Wi-Fi access at 384 Neotel/Western Cape Government hotspots across the province.  In three phases this will entail deploying 750 trainers at the 384 Neotel enabled Hot-Spots, one in each ward, for a 3 month period. The CDF apologises for the incorrect elements in the article.

CYBERCRIME – THE DARK SIDE OF TECHNOLOGY

Did you know that: 32% of South African organisations have been victims of cyber crime – in line with the global average. Only 35% of organisations have a cyber incident plan in place. Only 48% of board members request information about their organisation’s state of cyber readiness.1 South Africa’s Draft Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill South Africa’s Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill was published on 28 August 2015 but has yet to be tabled in Parliament. With cybercrime on the increase in South Africa, the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill aims to curb cybercrime through giving the South African Police Service and the State Security Agency extensive powers to investigate, allowing for foreign states and South Africa to co-operate in the investigation of cybercrime, as well… Continue reading

THOUGHT LEADER’S SEMINAR SERIES – LAUNCHING IN FEBRUARY 2017

Email CDF at info@digitalfoundation.org.za  to let us know that you would like to attend. 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 objective:  of this seminar is to determine the role of strategic leadership in driving innovation, competitiveness and growth through multi-stakeholder collaboration. The topic:  Accelerating e-Readiness in the Western Cape: Strategic Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Architecture for Digital Economy & Society. The target audience:  Senior government officials, senior business leaders, academics.

GOVTECH 2016: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN REALISING THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The GovTech 2016 conference was held from 28 October – 3 November, weeks after the South African government approved their Integrated ICT Policy White Paper including the announcement of cabinet’s approval of a Digital Development Fund, as advocated for by the Cape Digital Foundation (CDF) at the eStrategies Africa Forum held in August 2016. This year’s conference themes included the unpacking of three goals for ICT – Development, Access and Growth – along with the role that technology plays in meeting these three goals as laid out in the National Development Plan. Lance Williams, Western Cape Government CIO, provided a comprehensive update on status of the rollout of the Western Cape broadband, with lessons learnt. He stated that phase 1… Continue reading

THE ROLE OF RADIO IN EDUCATION – IS THERE ANYONE LISTENING?

In their Media & Entertainment Outlook 2016 – 2020, PwC reports that while the growth in overall South African radio listenership figures slowed in 2015 that this market is expected to pick up and grow by a compound annual growth rate of 4.0% between 2016 – 2020, calculated to be worth an estimated R5.3 billion by 2020.1 The Cape Digital Foundation explored the current role of radio – particularly in its role of educating South Africans outside of the formal classroom – with Brenda Leonard, Station Manager of Bush Radio and Chair of CDF partners the Western Cape Community Broadcast Forum. Q: What is the future of radio in South Africa – particularly in its role of educating South Africans outside… Continue reading

CDF PARTNER MEMEZA WINS GOVTECH 2016 AWARD

Partnerships are key to bringing about community safety though technology Accepting the 2016 GovTech award for Innovation and Service Transformation Provider, Memeza CEO, Thuli Mthethwa said, “Thank you to GovTech and to all our partners and sponsors who have been with us every step of the journey. Through our public-private partnership approach, and focusing on SAPS and Community Policing Forum (CPF) pro-activation and mobilizing of communities, South Africa will be a safer place for our children to grow up in.” In a programme launched by Department of Small Business Development and Small Enterprise Development Agency in 2015,  Memeza was chosen as one of the Top 40 National Gazelles 2016, as announced by the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu… Continue reading

CDF ED WALKS AWAY WITH TOP SITA ACCOLADE

At a gala awards ceremony on Friday night Mymoena Ismail, The Cape Digital Foundation’s Executive Director, received the 2016 South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) GovTech Women in ICT and Contributor of the Year awards.  Through these awards, SITA recognises Ms Ismail’s standing as a woman in the ICT sector and recognises her pivotal role in the development of CDF, implementing a mandate to promote South Africans’ access to digital opportunities, through building a multi-stakeholder platform – uniting the efforts of government, education, business and civil society. CDF congratulates partner Memeza for receiving the ICT Provider Innovation and Service Transformation – Large Companies award. With a mandate that is aligned with the Cape Digital Foundation’s own directive, the annual… Continue reading