South Africa: Web Africa scolds deja vu Dept. of Communication innaction
23 April 2012
Business Tech - 20 April 2012
Web Africa CEO, Tim Wyatt-Gunning says that within the context of the staggering inaction by the Department of Communication (DoC) over the past decade, the latest call for an ICT policy overhaul from communication minister Dina Pule, should be taken with a pinch of salt.
“While Minister Pule should be applauded for taking action in her call for a policy review for the ICT sector, it should come as no surprise that some in the industry remain deeply sceptical,” Wyatt-Gunning said.
Speaking at the ICT Colloquium, Minister Pule announced a policy review to “…overhaul all the legislation in our sector such that they reflect the work that the government does and helps this country and industry to benefit from sustainable ICT development and services for the next 20 years.”
Wyatt-Gunning noted that Web Africa would certainly support such a laudable objective.
“However, when taken in the context of the staggering inaction from the department over the last decade, the Minister must forgive businesses in the sector if our response is slightly underwhelming.”