GovTech, Durban – There is a long, hard road ahead before local governments will be able to offer meaningful e-government services to the citizens of South Africa. 

This emerged during the audience participation segment of a keynote presentation by Dr Alan Shark, executive director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute.
Asking what their specific situation is as regards e-government, Dr Shark offered five scenarios: Being behind other local governments; lacking the broadband to offer e-government services; there is no clear benefit to citizens; a lack of funding from elected leaders; or all of the above.
A whopping 42% of the audience selected all of the options, while a further 30% indicated that a lack of broadband infrastructure inhibits their ability to provide e-government.
Just 11% felt they were behind other local governments and another 11% believed there is no benefit for citizens.