The Foundation for Internet Development (FID) is inviting applications from suitably qualified potential non-executive board members who can help take its entrepreneur development mandate to the next level. FID is looking to eventually recruit five non-executive board members.
“FID aims to consolidate the Enterprise Development efforts of the ICT industry. There has already been tremendous interest in FID’s objective of uniting the ICT industry‚Äôs efforts to develop resources and skills in accordance with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment,” says Octavia Kumalo, FID MD.

According to Ms Kumalo, FID is committed to good corporate governance and the highest degree of transparency.

“It is this desire for a formal good governance structure that has precipitated our call for non-executive directors who can add this value to our organisation.

“We’re looking for board members who are as passionate about good governance as they are about the development of the local Internet, ICT and Enterprise Development,” says Kumalo.

The Foundation for Internet Development was formed by ZA Central Registry, ISPA, WAPA and ISOC-ZA to provide a mechanism for ICT industry players that want to make a meaningful contribution in terms of Enterprise Development, but do not have the capacity, nor the platform to do so themselves.

After being incorporated in 2011, FID has already proven itself a valued partner of the above organisations. For example, FID has helped build an entrepreneurship training programme with Pendula ICT while also being involved in other development initiatives with Liquid Telecom, BitCo, CoZa Cares Foundation and others.

“The ICT space in South Africa curiously boasts some of the best brains to be found in any sector of our economy, while at the same time being in need of urgent developmental assistance if it is to transform itself. FID fills that void and with the input of five new board members, we’ll be able to achieve so much more for Internet and ICT development,” concludes Kumalo.

FID is a subsidiary of holding company Investing in the Advancement of Enterprise Development (IDEA) which qualifies as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). This means IDEA is classified as having the sole objective of providing one or more of Public Benefit Activities (PBA) in a non-profit manner as defined by the Minister of Communications.