Entry window closing for SA tech awards

2015-10-12 08:48 - Duncan Alfreds
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Cape Town – There are just three days left to enter the 10th annual GovTech awards which will be held at the Durban Convention Centre.

The awards aim to recognise innovation in information and communications technologies (ICT) and are divided into two categories.

“When we select our winners, we shall be looking at their innovative contributions, their impact on our citizens and society in general and any public-service transformation,” said Dr Setumo Mohapi, chief executive of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), which hosts GovTech.

Entries close on Wednesday (15 October) and will focus on how companies can assist government with its service delivery mandate.

“Our ICT Public Service Awards will also highlight aspects such as leadership excellence in IT operations and transformation of the business of government through effective technology use,” said Mohapi.

The shift of ID books to the digital smart card is an example of how technology can improve the delivery and organisers have divided the awards into companies above and below R10m in turnover.

Achievements in service delivery, product and transformation will be recognised, but there will be space for many players, said Mohapi.

“This is part of our efforts to raise the benchmark in the ICT sector and we shall be recognising and rewarding products and solutions of all sizes.”

Telkom and MTN Business are major sponsors of the awards which will be announced on October 25.

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