GovTech, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) conference and exhibition, kicks off in Durban on Sunday.

Now in its sixth year, GovTech aims to give delegates insights into the public sector’s successful ICT initiatives and showcase solutions that enable service delivery in the public sector.

In his keynote address, Public Administration Minister Richard Baloyi is expected to focus on eGovernment, virtual infrastructure and key service delivery challenges, while SITA CEO Blake Mosley-Lefatola, together with the deputy chairperson of the SITA board, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, are to explore a host of issues including next-generation infrastructure; software development; and industry engagement models.

“We are confident that the engagement of various role players – given the depth of the ICT expertise and experience at past GoveTech events – has and will continue to contribute meaningfully to the future of the public sector ICT in South Africa,” says Mosley-Lefatola.

Participants will also get insights into diverse areas such as cloud computing and the different ways in which technology can be utilised to help transform society. To this effect, the City of Matlosana’s IT manager Sello Mphuthi will share a case study of how to create smart cities.

The list of speakers and panellists from the private sector includes Christo de Witt from ICT Works, Polycom SA country manager Stanton Naidoo, Accenture senior manager Vukani Mngxati and Dark Fibre Africa marketing executive Richard Came.

According to Mosley-Lefatola, this year’s GovTech will also be used as a platform to develop participants’ understanding of current and emerging ICT issues related to government agenda. He expects the four-day conference to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in ICT and government including cyberlaw and its impact on government, creation of “smart cities”, and software evolution.