Using local technology to create relevant solutions for South African public sector and business that will transform industry and economy
It has been a long, hard year for government and citizens alike. The lockdown has placed necessary limitations on business and industry, impacting on service delivery, growth and economy. As the country moves into the second wave of the COVID-19 infection and we remain hopeful, as new vaccines emerge, this is the time to focus on local innovation and technology investment to aid digital transformation and shift the boundaries set in place by the pandemic to ensure business continuity. According to Sina Mvoko, Managing Executive: Public Sector at BCX, it is time for South African innovation to come to the fore and for companies to develop locally relevant solutions that can transform the sector and economy.
The unprecedented level of disruption the Covid-19 pandemic has heaped upon society is not something that should be feared or viewed as a temporary moment in history. This is a pivotal point, one that will make disruption a way of life for the near future and, possibly, forever.
At the Vision Beyond 2020 conference presented by BCX recently, this message was emphasised again and again by speakers and panellists. There will be more disruption, not less, in a post-Covid-19 world. It presents opportunities for meaningful and permanent change and discussions about the economy, health, climate, governance and the work-life balance. Disruption is an opportunity for all to become disruptors.
Change was happening before the pandemic. Last year, 140 000 jobs were lost on the High Street in the United Kingdom. Banks have retrenched staff as fewer customers visited branches. Digital transformation was already affecting the world.
South African citizens rate crime as one of their primary concerns, second only to
unemployment 1 . While our country faces complex challenges in this regard, technology
offers a number of valuable solutions. From intelligent policing to e-court models,
digitalisation is key to developing smarter, transparent and effective law enforcement
systems. Armed with the right digital tools and innovative thinking, government can work
towards creating a safer South Africa for all.
The Coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and offers an opportunity for
government to be integrated and digitised by finding innovative ways to tackle challenges, and
deliver on its mandate to improve the lives of all South Africans.
The Republic of South Africa is a constitutional democracy with a three-tier system of Government. The three tiers are comprised of National, Provincial and Local Government.