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Immediate pressures such as providing running water and electricity supersede the need for smart solutions and technology infrastructure.
The Public Sector ICT Forum will examine how SA can develop and grow its villages and townships using smart city technology.
Trusting the technology is key to the successful implementation of a smart city, said IDC's Mark Walker at the Public Sector ICT Forum.
Smart cities can have a huge impact on citizens and enhance service delivery, says Cyril Baloyi, group CTO of the City of Johannesburg.
Smart cities can improve infrastructure management and quality of life, while enhancing government visibility and transparency, and growing the economy.
The Limpopo chapter of the Public Sector ICT Forum has committed to trial a smart township and smart village concept in the province.
The South African Revenue Service's digital technology team has added chief disruptors to its employ.
The National Lotteries Commission CIO challenges ICT professionals to unpack the values of the fourth industrial revolution so that politicians truly know what it means.
Chief information officers of today face the challenge of being shackled by their own organisations as they attempt to carry out their duties, says Telkom's Len De Villiers.
Rural service delivery starts with the availability of affordable infrastructure, and broadband is a central pillar in that foundation.
CIOs must identify solutions for today while preparing for new things, says the National Lotteries Commission's Mothibi Ramusi.
The third Public Sector ICT Forum last week included insight into data protection and privacy, the impending POPIA regulations and the journey towards a connected society.
Dr Peter Tobin will be discussing this at the upcoming Public Sector ICT Forum, on 14 September in Westcliff.
Airports Company SA plans to introduce e-gates across the country's airports.
Key role players must encourage government to implement ICT programmes to improve public services, says Dudley Petersen.
Most organisations are taking a pragmatic approach to the imminent law, thinking it is a legal-only project.
Growing the right skills, questioning the status quo and the right tone from the top all help to drive collaboration in the public sector.
Collaboration, as a key element for progress, was stressed at the Public Sector ICT Forum in Westcliff, Johannesburg, yesterday.
As it fights to establish its digital credibility, the Post Office wants to again be the distributor of social grant payments in the country.
The South African Post Office will rollout Internet banking for three million customers.
Public Sector ICT Forum delegates hear that public sector digitisation is critical and can't be a 'buzzword' that is still up for debate.
A proud sponsor of the Public Sector ICT Forum, MTN Business is focused on growing partnerships with the public sector to help achieve growth and facilitate government's journey from being efficient to being effective.
MTN Business believes that economic growth and the furtherance of government policies to alleviate poverty are inextricably intertwined with digital technology. As such, digitisation is the only way South Africa will reach its objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals. By enabling a digital future for South Africa through state-of-the-art technology solutions, MTN Business provides the tools with which the public sector can achieve its goals and further South Africa's growth.
These solutions include a full portfolio of the technologies needed by public sector organisations to serve their communities, such as Managed Networks, Cloud , Unified Communications, Security and IoT.
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