South Africa’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector is not doing well in terms of transformation towards greater Black involvement in ICT businesses, says Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele.
Addressing delegates at the launch of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) ICT Sector Council in Midrand, Johannesburg, Tuesday, he said a report had shown that there was not enough transformation in the sector.
The Sector Monitoring Report, which outlines the status of the implementation of BBBEE in the ICT sector, showed that efforts by ICT companies were not sufficient.
“The report reflects the transformation efforts of ICT companies which were gleaned from 200 BEE verification reports. This is a small sample but it provides a good measure of where the sector is in relation to transformation. The report shows that the ICT sector is performing poorly on transformation by all measures,” said Cwele.
The Minister formally launched the BBBEE ICT Sector Council which is tasked with broadening the meaningful participation of blacks, women, youth and people with disabilities in the ICT sector. The council members were appointed in September 2015.
The council said the Minister is working on discussing constraints to transformation with all stakeholders.
Cwele thanked all companies that provided information, as well as the South African National Accreditation Services-approved agencies which contributed to the report.
“I urge all the companies in the sector to provide information to the Council for future monitoring reports so that we can have a more accurate and broader picture of how the sector is contributing to transformation.”
Source: Nam News Network