According to TechCentral, President Jacob Zuma has announced that the Government’s centralised IT services and technology procurement organisation, State IT Agency (SITA), will now be reporting to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services instead of the Minister of Public Services and Administration.
Last week Zuma published a proclamation that set out the transfer of administrative powers and functions to various members of the cabinet. The proclamation includes which entities will report to the new two departments that broke away from the previous Communications Department: the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) headed by Minister Siyabonga Cwele and the new Department of Communications headed by Minister Faith Muthambi.
MD of BMI-TechKnowledge, Denis Smit, said the decision to move SITA is in line with the Government’s objective of rationalising state IT resources. “Some of it should stay, but some of SITA definitely belongs in telecoms and postal services. I’m not sure about the Government’s buying of IT systems and transversal systems, but it does make more sense [under telecoms] than under public service and administration. On balance, it’s a better ministry to be placed under and I think it’s a good move.”
According to Smit, the proclamation is the beginnings of the state consolidating its technology assets. “It’s happening in the private sector and it makes absolute sense for the state to consolidate its ICT assets, too.”