Tech sector has huge potential

2019-07-23 06:25
Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos said the City is looking into ways to support the ICT sector by providing skills and unlocking opportunity. PHOTO: THABANG KUaHO

Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos said the City is looking into ways to support the ICT sector by providing skills and unlocking opportunity. PHOTO: THABANG KUaHO

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Mayco members and committee members of economic opportunities and asset management visited the Cape Innovation Technology Initiative (CITI) in Salt River on Wednesday 17 July to interact with staff members and students at the campus.

Mayco member for economic opportunities and asset management, James Vos and Mayco member for urban management, Grant Twigg, who visited, are actively involved in the technology sector that contributes largely to the South African economy.

Vos said that Information Communications Technology (ICT) is an enabler of many other sectors and is also a growth sector with huge potential globally.

“It contributes significantly to the provision of business opportunities to SMMEs, the competitiveness of Cape Town with regard to being a knowledge economy,” Vos said.

He said it makes good business sense that entrepreneurs bring technology into the way they run their businesses.

He said, during a site visit to one of the textile and clothing manufacturers in the City Centre last week, that he was impressed with the way technology has been incorporated into the way garments are designed and manufactured.

“At the end of the day, these are the two sectors that will take Cape Town to the next level. I am happy to see how we are putting sectors in perspective.”

He said the Department of Economic Opportunities and Asset Management has identified technology as being the key game-changer because it not only include data and programming, but a driver of business change that needs to be visible in the city.

He said the City needs to provide skills in the sector so that it can move from being the second-largest clothing remanufacturing country in the world to the first.

Twigg said the partnership between the City of Cape Town and CITI aims to facilitate training, skills development and business development for the ICT industry.

“This is one of the critical sectors in which we are addressing the skills demand,” Twigg said.

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