Cribbed EC ICT strategy – national govt steps in
21 October 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020975
THE Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) says it will work together with the Eastern Cape government to help it develop information and communications technology strategies that are in line with the Government ICT framework, norms and standards.
This comes after it emerged that the provincial government had allegedly plagiarised its ICT strategy document.
DPSA Director General Yoliswa Makhasi said as the custodian of the government ICT policy and strategy in the public service, they want to create an environment for the positioning of ICT as a strategic tool for public administration, including ICT governance in the public service.
“In 2017, Cabinet approved the National e-Government Strategy, which looks at various aspects regarding the use of ICT to improve internal operations in the public service, as well as delivery of services to the public,” the department said in a statement.
This follows the adoption of the Corporate Governance of ICT Policy Framework in 2012.
The DPSA said that the framework is based on global best practices and puts emphasis on the need to ensure that ICT investment is aligned with departmental or provincial business objectives; that ICT related business risks are optimised; departmental or provincial resources are optimised, and benefits of investing in ICT are realised.
“To ensure the country’s readiness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) era, government has appointed a Presidential Industrial Revolution Commission on 4IR to ensure that the country benefits from the innovation and developments of the 4IR, while addressing the associated challenges.” – SAnews.gov.za