Gauteng set to launch e-government department
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Gauteng Provincial Government announced plans are at an advanced stage to establish a department of e-Government.
The initiative, which is mooted for South Africa’s economic hub, is said to be a first in the continent.
Benjamin Ndigi, the Chief Director of Resources at the Gauteng Provincial Government, said the proposed department would make the most of the proliferation of technology to bridge the gap between citizens in the province and government.
“E –government encompasses the use of ICT to improve the efficience, effectiveness, operations, service delivery and accountability of government,” Ndigi added.
He said the proposed department would empower youth, who bear the biggest brunt of poverty and unemployment.
“This is going to change the life of the ordinary child,” said Ngidi.
He lauded the commitment of partners in the establishment of the e-Government scheme.
Among these are SAP Africa, the market leader in enterprise application software, which has launched an exercise to empower South African youth.
Gauteng Provincial Government is among organisations that have partnered SAP in its Skills for Africa initiative.
“The importance of partnering with the private sector for such an initiative strategically supports public sector efforts in South Africa. There is a key transformative role that effective technology plays as it ensures better collaboration, alongside ongoing investment in the development of local youth,” Ngidi said.
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