A document that was published on the original OSS website.
South African National Cabinet Statement Approving Open Source Software Policy and Strategy for Government – 21 Feb 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 – June 2010
In this issue:
- FOSS, the DOD way
- Document Freedom Day
- SITA FOSS migration
- ZIMBRA mail client
- Organisations support Linux
- Department of Public Works
- Useful FOSS software
- The last word
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
SITA FOSS Focus Newsletter – March 2010
In this issue:
- Equal consideration
- Local community teams
- Network scanning
- Zimbra joins VMware
- Skills development
- FOSS skills ecosystem
- Change management
SA Gov FOSS Policy Annex A: Policy on Free and Open Source Software Use for South African Government
Published in August 2006 by the National Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA). It outlines the background leading up to the approval of the policy.
SA Gov FOSS Policy Annex C: Multi-Stakeholder Conference Declaration
Annex C of the approved FOSS Policy for South African Government.
SA Gov FOSS Policy Annex B: Policy Implementation Strategy from OGCIO
This was faxed out from the OGCIO on 24 December 2007. The strategy states it is built on a previous draft strategy from the Presidential National Commission in 2004, which built on a GITOC strategy developed in 2003. The strategy covered three phases viz. Initiation, Enhancement, and Mature. Annex B is part of the approved Policy for FOSS in South African Government.
Policy and Strategy Recommendations to the Presidential National Commission of South Africa – 5 Jan 2004
These recommendations followed after the National Cabinet approval in August 2003 on the policy on OSS. These recommendations proposed a set of policy enhancements to shift the overall policy posture from one that was neutral-to-enabling to one that was enabling-to-proactive. They also incorporated Open Content into the policy and brought to the fore important issues around intellectual property rights and Open Standards.
Open Software and Open Standards in South Africa to Address Digital Divide by Open Software Working Group – Jan 2002
The National Advisory Council on Innovation is a body set up by South African Act of Parliament to advise the Minister of Arts Culture Science and Technology, as well as Cabinet as a whole, on Science and Technology issues. They formulated these recommendations which included non-negotiable open standards as well as a FOSS policy encouraging the use of FOSS and ensuring a level playing field between FOSS and proprietary software with regards to procurement.