Meeting the skills needs of the fourth industrial revolution
31 October 2018

"We need to think of our citizens and what their needs are. We're always talking about smart cities, but why aren't we talking more generally about smart townships and villages? We should be exporting our own intellectual property around smart townships to SADC and Brazil."

These were views expressed by Sidima Ntsangani, head: applications development, SITA at the Public Sector ICT Forum event which took place at the stylish Fusion Boutique Hotel, in Polokwane Westcliff Hotel, on 30 October.

The forum, chaired by Mummy Mthembu-Fawkes, social media and branding strategist, accredited facilitator and business coach, is organised by ITWeb Brainstorm in association with MTN Business, and provides a platform for public sector ICT decision-makers to unpack topics that are key to innovation in service delivery.

Mandla Mkhwanazi, digital business leader of Transnet and chair of the Public Sector ICT Forum, further expands on the concept. He gave the example of patients in deep rural areas, where transport is a challenge, who sometimes spend an entire day waiting in line to collect their chronic medication, only to be told the medication is finished or hasn't arrived. "You can just imagine the cost implications of travelling back and forth to the clinic or hospital to collect the chronic medication," he says.

The solution, according to Mkhwanazi, is a smart machine that will be mobile-driven to enable citizens to register via a feature phone or smartphone.

Other topics on the agenda included:

Cloud computing in government and the need for skills
Michael Moeti, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Tshwane University of Technology

Harnessing skills and driving innovation – the role of the hackathon
Sidima Ntsangani, Head of Department for Applications Development, SITASidima Ntsangani, Head of De

Challenges in developing students’ skills in preparation for the Fourth industrial Revolution
Prof Mthulisi Velempini, University of Limpopopartment: Applications Development, SITA

SITA’s cloud initiatives: an update
Elsje Güldenpfennig, HSP&CP Enterprise Architect, SITA

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