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South Africa: Premier Senzo Mchunu on Collaborating with Russia to Develop Information, Communication and Technology Infrastructure
Source: Issued by: KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier
Source Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 25, 2013

“Our target is to establish more than 200 ICT hubs throughout the province in the next five years. This project has been well received by the municipalities throughout KwaZulu-Natal and is the premier provincial ICT project in reducing the digital divide in our province.”

“We cannot over emphasise the importance of telecommunication facilities in rural areas considering the fact that as a result of the legacy of apartheid, many rural communities still don't have access to broadcasting and telecommunication services.”
“A World Bank study showed that 50% of information and communication technology services in Africa are concentrated in urban areas, even though less than 30% of the continent's population live in urban areas. Here in South Africa, according to Statistics South Africa, up to 43 million people in this country are living without access to technology.”

“Importantly, we established Moses Kotane Science and Technology Institute in order to bridge the digital divide. The institute is an important vehicle in our country to contribute to increasing the production of maths, science and engineering skills. It offers science, technology and leadership programmes in the areas of adult education, bridging programmes for tertiary education, utilising ICT to enhance the teaching and learning of Maths and Science, Technology Innovation and leadership programmes for parliamentarians and aspiring politicians.”

“The five-year software engineering programme at Moses Kotane trains 5000 students from KZN in Software Engineering skills. These students upon completion of their studies will undergo a one-year internship programme in ICT companies in India. This programme is a joint international project between Indian Government and KwaZulu-Natal Government.”

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