ICT empowerment programme moves to second phase in South Africa

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The second phase of the ICT development programme is rolling out. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the Department of Provincial and Local Government (DPLG), the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the Local Government Seta would be rolling out the second phase of the ICT training skills programme for municipalities in all nine provinces.


Local Government Network (LGNet) will equip municipal employees in this training programme with basic IT skills, so that they use the virtual private network, which will link local government and its stakeholders as well as online local government resource centre (LGRC). The first phase of the programme was held in 2005, in which they provide training to 126 municipalities of the 183 in the country. In the second phase, LGNet is providing training to the remaining 57 municipalities. LGRC is serving as one stop knowledge and sharing resource centre, where municipal and government stakeholders can share their knowledge and enhance their coordination efforts. There are approximately 1400 municipal employees from 124 municipalities. According to ICT Specialist at the DBSA, George Finger, LGRC creates an online platform for collaboration and communication among local government stakeholders.  

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