Smart Cities, Township and Villages:
Connecting the future - 12 September 2019

"Municipalities play an important role and serve as a foundation towards infrastructure development for the 4IR program."

This was revealed by Mothibi Ramusi, CIO at the National Lotteries Commission, while breaking down the relevance of smart municipalities to Industry 4.0 (4IR).

Mothibi Ramusi was speaking at the Public Sector ICT Forum event, which took place at the Emnotweni Sun Hotel, in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on 12 September 2019. His topic was titled "Advancing 4IR outcomes through Smart Municipalities - Where to Begin?"

The Puclic Sector ICT Forum is arranged by Brainstorm in association with MTN Business, it is a platform for public sector ICT decision-makers to unpack topics that are key to innovation in service delivery.

Also on the agenda was Lindiwe Mabaso, General Manager: Macropolicy and Planning, Mpumalanga Provincial Government who explored people’s and organisations’ fears about technology.

She said that technology does not need to be complex in order to be effective, it simply needs to make people’s lives easier. Her topic was "Technology that is needed to advance communities".

The theme of the event called on senior ICT officials to discuss workplace issues and skills needed for the establishment and/or adoption of smart cities, towns, townships and villages.

The opening address was given by the Transnet Group Digital Business Leader, Mandla Mkhwanazi, who is also the Public Sector ICT Forum chairperson.

Other topics included:

Formulating financing strategies for smart initiatives
Surprise Mothiba, Chief Information Technology, Steve Tshwete Municipality

Impact of digitalization on citizen centricity
Monica Rubombora, Managing Director, Rubo Management Services

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