Forge Ahead has confirmed the dates for its upcoming ICT in Provincial and Local Government Summit and also outlined the content and invited speakers.
Scheduled to take place between 26 and 27 September at the Riverside Hotel and Conference Centre in Gauteng, Jane Mosebi, MD of Forge Ahead says the aim of the summit is to debate and share the status and use of ICTs at all levels of provincial and local government as enablers of service delivery.
“The theme for this year’s Summit will therefore be: ‘Accelerating Service Delivery through to 2010 and Beyond’, a theme we believe complements the similar theme used at our recent Pan African ICT in Government Summit held in Swaziland,” says Mosebi.
“This year’s summit programme also covers policy, legislation, strategies.
“As such, we plan to look at the opportunities the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup brings to bear on for South Africa and its provinces, as well as the manners in which ICTs can be used to enhance the business and local economic development opportunities emanating from this landmark event."
Apart from the extremely relevant topic matter, Mosebi believes this year’s line-up of speakers will ensure there’s not a free seat in the house.
“The honourable Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Minister of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) for South Africa, has been asked to deliver a keynote address on the African ‘Peer Review Mechanism’ and its role in government service delivery. Furthermore, it looks like she will also be participating in a panel discussion alongside the honourable Sgayoyo Magongo, Minister of Public Service and Information for Swaziland and the honourable Phandu Skelemani, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration for Botswana.”
Mosebi says that other invited speakers include Walter Mudau, OGCIO of South Africa’s DPSA; Peter Gallant, Manager Telecommunication and IT Infrastructure at MATCH; Zakes Mnisi, Director of IT, 2010 FIFA World Cup LOC SA; and Padiso Makolo, Director 2010, The Department of Communications of South Africa.
Giving proceedings a truly provincial and local government flavour, she says that speakers from all of the 2010 host cities in South African will also be giving 15-minute presentations on the their respective ICT strategies.
“Speakers will include: Mr. Lunga Madlala, Deputy Head of Corporate Information and Communication Technology and eGovernment at eThekwini; Thebe Mochochoko, IT Manager of Bloemfontein; Steven Kalil, Chief Information Officer of Rustenburg; Rabelani Dagada, Manager ICT and Knowledge Manager of The Royal Bafokeng Nation; Hennie Viljoen, IT Manger of Ehlanzeni District in Nelspruit; Nirvesh Sooful, Chief Information Officer of the City of Cape Town; Henk Brink, Acting General Manager of IT at the City of Tshwane; Patrick Mayaba, Chief Information Officer of the City of Johannesburg; and Louis Van Zyl, Information Service Manager of Polokwane.”
Apart from the attractive list of speakers, Mosebi says that the summit will also be packed with breakout sessions, more intimate workshops and plenty of opportunity to touch base with other like-minded individuals.
“Our upcoming ICT in Provincial and Local Government Summit is shaping up to be an unmissable event. Interested parties should contact us as soon as possible to secure a place, since spaces are selling-out quickly,” she adds.