What's on in March: Comments wanted on the ICT POLICY GREEN PAPER - Phase one due for CGICTPF


Dear LG ICT followers

As you probably know, the Department of Communications this week kick-started it's public consultation session on the NATIONAL INTEGRATED ICT POLICY GREEN PAPER, with a national conference in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The provincial consultations are as follows:

  • North West (Rustenburg) - 07 March
  • Mpumalanga - 14 March
  • Eastern Cape- 20 March 
  • KwaZulu-Natal - 24 March 
  • Limpopo - 20 March 
  • Western Cape - 25 March 
  • Northern Cape- 27 March
  • Free State- 27 March

Please contact mameetse@doc.gov.za  to receive an invite as well as information on venue and time for yourprovincial consultation, should you not have done so already.

The DoC has also proclaimed that comments on the Green Paper can be submitted until 24th of March. And if you look at the Green Paper, there are a lot of sections where the experiences and the view of local government are not acknowledged sufficiently, or LG topics and needs are not addressed. These include e.g.:

  • Section, on the role of municipalities and municipal processes in broadband infrastructure / network development
  • Section 6.2., on e-Government
  • Section 7.2., on the FOSS policy
  • Section 12.2.2., on the role of Government

The general goal of the Green Paper is very good and very necessary. A major policy review of the ICT sector was last conducted in the late 90ies; a thorough analysis is now needed to find out what policies and regulations we need to fulfill the NDP vision of “a seamless information infrastructure".  

The Green Paper is drafting a picture of the development since 1994 and the current state, but more importantly aims to look at the future, and sketch a way forward. Local Government is a very important part of this way: as enabler, driver, and link between the big national and provincial plans and the individual citizens on the ground.

That's why it is crucial to ensure that the Green Paper is informed and supported by ICT experts on Local Government level. We therefore ask all municipal ICT practitioners and LG experts to send us their comments on the Green Paper. Please make sure to refer to specific sections and pages (you can find the gazetted green paper here: http://lgict.org.za/document/national-integrated-ict-policy-green-paper).

Email to: contact@lgict.org.za
Subject: ICT Green Paper

The deadline for comments is the 20th of March. 


On another note, Local Government is supposed to have completed Phase 1 of the Corporate Governance of ICT POlicy Framework (CGICTPF) by end of March 2014, as approved by Cabinet in November 2012. 

We have received informal information by CoGTA, that the deadline for Phase 1 will be extended by three months for Local Government; meaning that municipalities will only have to have finished Phase 1 by end of June.

SALGA is engaging with CoGTA on this as well as on the development of a municipal version of the CGICTPF, and coordinated action by national stakeholders to support local government.

We will immediately inform about new developments on this when we receive them.


With best wishes from Pretoria

Your LG ICT Network team


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