A Fresh Look at FOSS Policy Failure in the SA Government

A presentation by Dr Derek W. Keats on an ecosystem approach to FOSS policy failure in the South African government. Watch at https://youtu.be/1bUMnpAgwK0 or click below.

An ecosystem approach to FOSS policy failure in the South African government

Very Positive To See An Open Source Tender Advertised By SANParks

The organisation is also looking for an accredited service provider for the provision of open source e-business technologies on an on-demand basis for a period of three years.
Non-compulsory briefing: 21 Feb
Tender no: GNP- 039- 19
Information: Technical: Nedret Saidova, Tel: (012) 426 5283, E-mail: Nedret.Saidova@sanparks.org. General: Quinton Chetty, Tel: (012) 426 5247, E-mail: Quinton.Chetty@sanparks.org.
Closing date: 6 Mar 2020

South African National Cabinet Statement Approving Open Source Software Policy and Strategy for Government – 21 Feb 2007

From https://www.gcis.gov.za/content/newsroom/media-releases/cabinet-statements/statement-cabinet-meeting-21-february-2007

“Cabinet approved a policy and strategy for the implementation of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in government. All new software developed for or by the Government will be based on open standards and government will itself migrate current software to FOSS. This strategy will, among other things, lower administration costs and enhance local Information Technology (IT) skills. The meeting noted that all the major IT vendors in the country have both supported the initiative and made contributions to the development of FOSS. Government departments will incorporate FOSS in their planning henceforth. By April 2007, a project office will be set up by the Department of Science and Technology, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) to ensure smooth implementation of FOSS throughout the country.”

SITA FOSS Focus Newsletter – October 2009

In this issue:

  • Welcome note by Nthabiseng Mosupye – Chairperson of the Open Source Standing Committee
  • FOSS backend migration at the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)
  • Open-source software at FNB bank
  • The open-source project in CSIR’s Meraka Institute
  • State of South African government websites in relation to open standards
  • The Limpopo Office of the Premier calls for change
  • Report on FOSS implementation by national government departments
  • The IFMS solution and the use of FOSS
  • FOSS4G by Clinton Papenfus
  • How big is Linux?
  • The Editor’s Choice: 8 most prominent open-source products