R/€ = 13.49
R/$ = 11.88
Au 1214.08 $/oz
Pt 1149.50 $/oz
Jan 09, 2003
Directory plan for mobile providersBack
© Reuse this All developers and providers of mobile technology solutions in South Africa are requested to submit their company and product details for inclusion in a new directory.
The directory is part of a research report being compiled for the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), in partnership with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
The research project, on the role of mobile technologies in delivering public services, is being undertaken by independent research organisation World Wide Worx on behalf of the CPSI and its project partners, SITA and the CSIR.
"To enable innovation in the delivery of public services, the CPSI has identified the need to provide research, opinion, commentary and analysis to decision-makers on key emerging technologies," says Imraan Patel, Programme Manager for Research and Knowledge Management at the CPSI.
The CPSI, established by the Minister for Public Service and Administration in 2001, has initiated a programme called Future Watch to make essential information available to decision-makers. It has identified mobile technologies to launch the Future Watch process, and has contracted World Wide Worx to lead the initial research process. Further reports on a range of other technology and non-technological issues are being planned for the future.
"While we have previously conducted exhaustive research on the use of mobile technologies in business, we have often felt that there has been limited awareness of the potential of these technologies," says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. "The Future Watch process not only gives us an opportunity to stimulate such awareness, but will also provide insight into ways of using mobile technology that will make a real difference to service delivery in South Africa".
The first steps in the process, says Goldstuck, are to gather information on what is already happening worldwide in using mobile technology in public services, and to ascertain the range of technologies and services available for such purposes in South Africa.
Goldstuck adds: "It is a unique opportunity for start-ups, in particular, to make both government and other potential users of mobile technologies aware of what they have to offer. At the same time, corporate providers whose general products are already well-known have the opportunity to highlight their specialist products or services in this area".
"The choice of mobile technologies for the first Future Watch report was informed by a number of considerations," says Patel, "including the need for citizens to interact through multiple access channels with a proposed government web portal".
Other factors include the explosion in the use of cellphones in South Africa, the increasing number of successful applications of the technology in the private and public sectors, and the significant research and development that exists on this issue within the CSIR and other South African organisations.
The deadline for submissions to the first directory is January 28, 2003. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com, and should include name and contact details of company, and the name and features of the mobile technology products and services.
Edited by: Martin Czernowalow© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other ICT News
Article contains comments
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...