According to Telecoms and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, the government’s technology access programmes will prioritise health and education over the coming years as it aims to meet SA’s broadband plan objectives.
During the GovTech conference, hosted by the State IT Agency (SITA) in Durban on November 3rd, Minister Cwele said SA “must extract the maximum value for every rand invested in broadband infrastructure and services in order to accelerate service delivery”. This is in line with SA Connect, the government’s broadband initiative that plans to provide internet connectivity to all by 2020, which is set to kick of next April.
“Part of the vision is enabling elderly citizens to use affordable smart devices in their homes which are connected to broadband, and this could go as far as monitor their vital signs to simultaneously update health professionals,” said Cwele.
He added the growth of e-learning facilities is a long-term priority aimed at boosting skills and creating an “information society”.
Cwele said SITA is entrusted with ensuring the security and integrity of government data. The agency recently outlined plans to improve its service provision to create an integrated government data hub across numerous departments.