In her opening address at Telkom SA’s 15th annual SATNAC, Telkom Group CEO Nombulelo Moholi underlined the relevance of ubiquitous technology and the need for connectivity. She stated that Telkom SA is positioning itself to answer the question ‘how can it delivery sustainable broadband to all areas?’
The conference, already underway in George in the Western Cape, is themed “The Internet of things: Smart Homes and Cities – an evolution or tsunami?”.
Moholi echoed the words of speaker Professor Derrick Swartz, Vice Chancellor, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, saying that the delivery of education and channelling of resources into information initiatives and education is critical.
Professor Swartz said, “Unless we get the education system right, the entire ensemble of institutions, we can never truly address social inequalities.”
Delegates and speakers concur that technology and science has advanced – and the possibilities are endless – but the real challenge is to understand what kind of challenges will be embraced to make technology relevant to the vast majority of people.
“How will we harness and assimilate the power of technology to benefit society and the majority of people,” asked Professor Swartz.
Chris Tredger, Online Editor