The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says government will use technology more effectively to improve services such as healthcare delivery.

During the Southern Africa Telecommunications Network and Applications Conference in Port Elizabeth on September 1st, Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, said the department has prioritised citizen-facing departments like Health, Education, Transport, Police, Justice and Home Affairs in the rollout of online government services.

“Through SA Connect – the country’s broadband policy and strategy – the department will coordinate and support the roll-out of broadband infrastructure and services across the country to achieve 100% broadband penetration by 2020. This will enable government to improve the quality of services it delivers to citizens and offer more services online,” said Minister Cwele.

Minister Cwele said government’s investment in broadband was coordinated through the Strategic Integrated Project 15.

“The department is visiting all the provinces and working with municipalities through the South African Local Government Association to facilitate alignment of broadband activities across all spheres of government to SA Connect. This alignment is crucial as we seek funding to connect 580 clinics, 4,444 schools, 182 police stations, and 572 other government offices in the medium term,” said Minister Cwele.

Minister Cwele said the foundation for government’s strategy is to make broadband universally accessible and for its benefits to reach as many citizens as possible.

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