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E-Govt to Improve Service Delivery

Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy, says they are moving towards providing services online which will improve citizen’s access to services, so in future they won’t need to travel to a government office for the service.

"At the moment we are already allowing service providers to upload their invoices to the provincial government through the e-government department portal to be paid for by government," explains Creecy.

She states that the e-government department will in future be a platform where citizens can apply for housing online and a place at a new school.

CSIR Wins Public ICT Awards

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) walked away with three major awards at the inaugural Public ICT Awards held on 25 October 2015 at the GovTech conference, Durban International Conference Centre.

Launched by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), the awards promote innovation in public products, solutions and service delivery.
The CSIR won two awards for its Broadband 4 All project, and one for the Lwazi II project.

Satire and its Role in Shaping a Culture of Free Expression

The satirical work of Anton Kannemeyer and Ayanda Mabulu which surfaced recently in the media brought to the fore the complex nature of freedom of expression into the public discourse. Each time such provocative art surfaces it is accompanied by the question of whether certain forms of expression should be accepted or not. But this is not necessarily the value of this ‘provocation’.

Broadband Internet Tops GovTech Agenda

The South African government aims to make broadband Internet connectivity available in all corners of the country within the next five years.
 
Telecommunications Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, says this is part of the plan to make all government services available on the Internet eventually.
 
In the coming days at the Government Technology Conference (GovTech) in Durban, the use of open data will be discussed as a way to improve service delivery and boost economic development.
 

Media Freedom Can be Celebrated: SANEF

Chairperson of South African National Editors Forum's Media Freedom Committee and Editor of Beeld newspaper, Adriaan Basson, says the country has a reason to celebrate Media Freedom Day.
 
The country marks Media Freedom Day, the day is a reminder of Black Wednesday, 1977, when apartheid Justice Minister Jimmy Kruger outlawed three newspapers, The World, The Weekend World and the Voice.
 

Parents Need Help Over Children’s Online Activity

Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, says that parents need government’s help in protecting children against online abuse.
 
Speaking at the Film and Publication Board’s (FPB) Media Content Classification and Online Protection Conference in Johannesburg, Muthambi said that most of the time, parents are not even aware of their children’s online activity.
 

Muthambi Criticised Over Digital Migration

Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, came in for a lashing at the African National Congress (ANC) national general council meeting for defying party policy on digital migration and broadcasting, and for presiding over instability at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
 
ANC communications sub-committee chairperson, Jackson Mthembu, argued that Muthambi has failed to consult the ANC on her policy.
 

Africa’s Post-2015 Development: The Role of Mobile Phones in Higher Education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is of the view that education is a central component of the post-2015 development agenda. Education benefits society in many ways, including through reducing poverty levels, improving health and fostering economic development, job creation and higher salaries, as well as improving governance.(2) Considering the benefits, it is important that education is made more accessible than it currently is.

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