E-government project launched

2011-02-25 14:21

Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi launched the pilot project of a new information technology system on Friday, the department said.

The pilot human resources (HR) module of the new information technology (IT) system was aimed at modernising and integrating government administration, the department of public service and administration (DPSA) spokesperson, Lebohang Mafokosi, said in a statement.

The pilot project of the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS) would be implemented first at DPSA, she said, before being extended to the Free State education department.

"The IFMS is part of a public service-wide migration to an e-government [which] seeks to provide facilitated access to government services and to ensure that those services are citizen-focused and beneficial to business and government departments," Mafokosi said.

She said that the system would be phased in over the whole government within five years.

Benefits of the HR module included improved support for the implementation of management policies and processes, improved quality of, and access to, HR management information and greater support to monitoring and evaluation initiatives, Mafokosi said.

She said that while the department does not foresee any complications in the pilot phase, IT experts were on hand to address any that may occur.

  • Mizer - 2011-02-25 14:32

    How do we bid?

  • Badger - 2011-02-25 14:46

    Another NEW project by guvermunt which WILL fail before it even gets off the ground, not to mention now screwing the tax payers there is more money to waste.

  • Sisie - 2011-02-25 15:00

    Another R2billion down the drain.

  • Benzo - 2011-02-25 15:11

    If you computerize chaos, you will get more and faster. Government administration systems are not known for their logic and ease of use. Computer systems do not fix the underlying processes, nor do they correct inaccurate information in a database. Changes to these processes are often difficult as many touch on legislation and changes might need parliament approval.

  • chrisaburger - 2011-02-25 15:57

    @badger. Jeez, can you be a bit more pessimistic? Modernizing is good thing. It's meant to help the tax payer. Makes things more efficient and idiot proof. And I’ve heard personally how some modern IT implementations in certain government agencies have dramatically cut down on corruption, by having better checks and balances implemented. Would you rather the government stay on an out-dated system? Then you will be complaining about that as well !

  • OzzyInSA - 2011-02-25 15:58

    It is one thing to implement new technology and systems (which is doubtful) but it is another to have users of the system with the capability of being abile to use it, let alone effectively (which is a definite).

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-02-25 16:18

    These people can't read or write, how exactly are they going to operate the computers? Ever seen a Speed Cop write a ticket, or asked a policeman to write a statement - by the time the cop is done the crook is dead from old age. Aish

  • motsokwane - 2011-02-25 16:45

    Well done Baloyi.The world is moving towards paperless type of administration.Keep abreast,lets go green.

  • m.reyneke3 - 2011-02-26 09:30

    I would much rather the police have access to some computerised system. I really do not care about HR - they should rather get some of the best IT techies to get us a system where the police cannot "lose" documents, where crimes are automatically reported etc. My experience with them in the past few months (for a small car accident and stolen property) wasted my time immensely becuase only the police station in the area of jurisdiction where these things happened could help me. This is total bull - it's not that difficult to have a system which allows you to go to the most convenient police office for you to sort out the current logistic nightmare of using the Po-Po's. I used to wonder where all the money goes that our dear Minister of Finance budgets every year. I know now that it gets pissed out against the doors of some exotic cars and mansions. What a pity - I actually thought we could do well. How naive

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