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15 March 2011

New Wave of Change Promised by DoC

The South African Department of Communications released their 2011-2014 strategic plan, including a turnaround strategy and the promise of “a new wave of change”

South Africa's Department of Communications (DoC) emphasised in a press statement today some of the key points of its 2011-2014 strategic plan.

“The Medium Term Strategy comprises of eight Strategic Goals supported by eighteen Strategic Objectives, which are to be realized through the achievement of numerous 3-year targets,” the DoC said in the statement.

According to the DoC the strategic plan is further characterized by what is termed “a new wave of change.”

They explained that this means that the Department has committed to working faster, harder and smarter as per President Zuma's call.

The DoC outlined six key pillars of the turnaround strategy for the department of communication and its portfolio organisations:
To stabilise the public entities within the Portfolio;
The reconstruction and development of the Department of Communications;
Forging partnerships with the private sector, academia, civil society organisations and labour
Building an Integrated National Broadband Plan;
Building a people centred inclusive Information Society and Knowledge-Based Economy; and,
Major Projects: E-skills institute, ICTs and rural development, corporatisation of the Postbank, e-Connectivity and 2010 legacy, local and digital content development strategy, and international relations

The DoC said that the abovementioned six pillars are intended to establish a new platform, creating the necessary wave of change that will lead the Ministry and Department to actualize the vision that the DoC has set for itself of being ”A Global Leader in the Development and use of ICTs for socio-economic development and the betterment of people’s lives”.

“In its efforts to contribute to creating conditions for an accelerated and shared growth of the South African economy through the development and implementation of ICT policies, legislation and strategies that positively impact on the well-being of all our people, the Department will ensure the approval of Integrated ICT Policy framework, enact the SAPO Bill into Law and introduce the Public Service Broadcasting bill to Parliament,” the DoC statement said.
The department will also prioritise the monitoring of the implementation of the Postbank Act so as to ensure increased access to financial services by the previously unbanked.

Other areas the department said they would focus on were:
The implementation of an ICT rural development strategy to improve socio-economic conditions in targeted communities. This is “in order to contribute to conditions for an accelerated and shared growth of South African economy,” the DoC said.

To facilitate the roll-out of 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Plan so as to ensure the optimal utilization of all world cup related ICT infrastructure.

Facilitate and monitor the DTT Infrastructure roll-out so as to cover cover 80% of the population by end of the 2011/12 financial year.

Ensure a secure cyber environment by developing and implementing a Cyber Security Policy.

Broadcasting digital migration
According to the statement the implementation of the Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) Policy, which focuses on various elements that are critical to the successful migration of digital broadcasting, is a key priority for the DoC.

Such elements include the Cabinet approval for the Scheme for Ownership Support (SOS) roll out plan, the STB Manufacturing Sector Development Strategy as well as the local and digital content development strategy, the DoC said.

Universal access, ICT skills development
The department will also focus on increasing universal access and services to ICTs through coming up with measures to improve spectrum usage in accordance with the National Radio Spectrum policy and taking into consideration the outcome of 2010/11 validation.

In efforts to contribute to increasing the ICT skills base in South Africa and increase access to, and uptake and usage of ICTs, the department said it will, amongst others things, implement an e-literacy training programme for youth offenders as well as increase ICT skills via network of Universities, FET colleges and Cooperate schools through initiatives undertaken by the e-Skills Institute.

“The DoC is committed and looking forward to addressing the challenges that lie ahead and deliver an intensive turnaround strategy for the Department and its portfolio organizations through the implementation of its 2011-2014 Strategic Plan,” the statement concluded.

Original article here.

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