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South Africa Government ICT Spend to Increase to R8bn by 2010/11

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South Africa will increase its total ICT expenditure from approximately R6bn in 2005/06 to R8bn in 2010/11 at a CAGR of 2,9%, according to recent report entitled, 'ICT in National Government', published by a local ICT market analyst, BMI-TechKnowledge.

The report at the government is one of the main users of technology in this country. There are major demands placed on government for service delivery. BMT-T expects that this trend will continue as the effect of ICT on overall service delivery is proven. A major initiative of the government involves the integration of ICT systems into various departments and the provision of information on the governing process online. The projects include the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), set to streamline financial management, human resources and supply chain management systems at a national and provincial level, and the Batho Pele Gateway, a portal to the South African government's online presence. The government has planning to roll out open source software (OSS) in various government clusters. A key objective of the FOSS Programme Office is to ensure the adoption of Open Document Format (ODF) across all government departments in an effort to allay compatibility issues.

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