Sisulu punts ICT for poor

2012-09-27 00:00

PUBLIC Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says embracing technological advancement is crucial to turning back the clock of underdevelopment in South Africa.

Sisulu was speaking at the seventh annual GovTech conference in Durban yesterday, where she appealed to information and communication technology (ICT) stakeholders and delegates to take advantage of the opportunity at the conference by making contributions to the debates.

The GovTech conference is organised by the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), under the Public Service and Administration ministry. It seeks to provide a platform for discussion and collaboration on ICT strategies and solutions to help government deliver more joined-up public services at a lower cost.

“The state’s weakest interventions are the public service itself and the tools that we would use to enable it to function efficiently — our IT,” Sisulu said. “We have had a problem with our IT, based primarily on its affordability.”

She added that an approach to providing ICT solutions from which poorer communities in the country could benefit was essential.

Alpheus Mangale, managing director for Cisco South Africa, which provided the network infrastructure for the event, said the company was working with Sita to provide public-private partnerships to help cultivate ICT entrepreneurs in the country.

“There is a shortage of skills in the industry, and by setting up academic programmes in universities we start at the base level and foster the students in these programmes and provide them with internships … after completing these programmes they can eventually work for our company, one of our partners or even apply their skills abroad,” he said.

As part of the conference’s theme to go “across and beyond”, the department opened a computer lab at Uthando Public Primary School in Inanda yesterday.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.