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"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
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.
For more information, please visit www.mtnbusiness.com/za