SA government officials to discuss broadband rollout


i_matsepe.jpgStakeholders in South Africa’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry will meet in Durban tomorrow to discuss progress made in the rollout of ICT technologies in the country’s provinces and municipalities.

Delegates will be led by Minister of Communications, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, who is also chairperson of the Information Society and Development Inter-Governmental Relations Forum (ISAD IGRF).

The initiative forms part of the country’s National Broadband Policy, aiming to achieve greater efficiency in local, national and provincial government through the use of ICT.

Says Ministry spokesperson Joe Makhafola: “On the 12th December 2006 when the ISAD IGRF was launched, a commitment was made to ensure that government work in a coordinated manner with the spirit of harmonized Intergovernmental Relations across all three spheres of government for socio-economic development utilising Information and Communications Technologies. This is a step closer in realising this objective,”

Mr Richard Baloyi, Minister of Public Service and Administration and co-chair of ISAD IGRF, Mr. Sicelo Shiceka, Minister of Provincial and Local Government, Mr Roy Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Communications, and District Municipal Mayors are all expected to attend.