The South African State IT Agency (Sita), which provides IT services to government, will itself migrate to open source software over the coming year. This is according to the organisation’s 2007/2008 annual report which has been tabled in Parliament.
In the annual report, Sita acting chief executive officer, Femke Pienaar, reports that “Sita has concluded its own OSS migration strategy which will be implemented in the 2008/9 financial year. It is anticipated that the roll-out of FOSS in Sita will be completed before the end of the new financial year.”
In a release announcing its annual report Sita said that OSS was “critical to government’s drive to enhance interoperability of systems, reduce duplication and costs and improve administrative efficacy”.
Sita also reported that work on migrating other departments to open source software has been focused on the department of public service and administration, sport and recreation department as well as home affairs. Interestingly, the department of home affairs is a co-host of the upcoming second Open Document Format workshop, suggesting the department is doing more than paying lip service to the government focus on open source software.
The other department mentioned in the Sita release is the department of science and technology which is well-known for it advocacy of free and open source software.
The Cabinet of the South African government approved an open source strategy back in February of 2007.