Saldanha Bay wireless last mile access
One of the key challenges hampering broadband services in South Africa (and Africa) is the lack of an effective last mile connectivity solution (i.e. how to connect the h...

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Transforming education in the Western Cape
African Ideas has been very active in creating and driving the e-education strategy and approach taken by the Western Cape Government (WCG).
African Ideas drove the...

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Developing the Western Cape broadband strategy
Broadband is seen as a strategic enabler for all sectors of the economy. It enables the transmission of data across the globe, improved communication and the ability to t...

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Lejwe Technology innovation ecosystem
This project was conducted on behalf of the Lejweleputswa Development Agency (LDA) in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State province of South Africa. The contract ...

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Digital Readiness and Usage
There is growing evidence that the diffusion of ICT is an accelerator of economic growth in a country (studies by the OECD, World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, et...

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Unleashing the Potential of Open Data
Open Data is a new buzz word; the world is coming up with policies, frameworks, and strategies around successful implementation of Open Data. There have been many reasons...

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Smart Cities & Intelligent Infrastructure
In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. Buildings will turn off t...

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Empowered Citizens with powerful data platforms
Another chapter in the smart city story is being written by citizens, who are using apps, DIY sensors, smartphones and the web to solve the city problems that matter to t...

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Digital Technology Access & Usage in South Africa
The current position of inequity and exclusion in South Africa is magnified by the impact of digital exclusion which is now being recognised across the developed world as...

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Growing digital content creation in Africa
There are indications that the digital content industry offers significant economic and cultural benefits to the African economy. While Africa is currently a small player...

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Saldanha Bay wireless last mile access
Transforming education in the Western Cape
Developing the Western Cape broadband strategy
Lejwe Technology innovation ecosystem
Digital Readiness and Usage
Unleashing the Potential of Open Data
Smart Cities & Intelligent Infrastructure
Empowered Citizens with powerful data platforms
Digital Technology Access & Usage in South Africa...
Growing digital content creation in Africa

Grasping the opportunities afforded by the Information Age Featured

The Western Cape economy is moving from one based principally around the production and distribution of physical goods to one driven primarily by the production and application of knowledge. The creation and nurturing of a knowledge-based society is essential to maintaining and enhancing the Western Cape’s international competitiveness. In highly competitive regions in the global environment, high speed access to the internet for businesses and residents is available almost anywhere and at any time – providing the ideal enabling environment for the growth within commerce, industries, SMMEs and entrepreneurship, stimulating innovation and the enablement of the growth of other economic sectors by communication technologies.

 Grasping the opportunities afforded by the Information Age is at the heart of the province’s strategy. The readiness to adopt new technologies, an innovative capacity and first class infrastructure and services are essential if the province is to attract and retain inward investment, stimulate job creation and ensure a fully inclusive society.

The development of an inclusive information society in the Western Cape is dependent on collective action that recognises the broad, complex and interconnected nature of the issues involved. The network of stakeholders, allies and peers is correspondingly broad and complex, covering the private sector, academic sector, NGOs, all spheres of government and communities. In seeking to implement an information society agenda, a collaborative approach is necessary.

In a developing country, the participation of all stakeholders is critical, especially if the key objectives in developing the information society are social and economic development. The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) reiterates the principle that “the effective participation of governments and all stakeholders is vital in developing the Information Society … requiring cooperation and partnerships among all of them”. Other research indicates that when working in an ICT for development context, that government, industry, civil society, and the community, all need to work together to create conditions that will enable the poor to overcome their poverty, build their physical, economic and social assets, improve their capabilities, safeguard their security and reduce their risks and vulnerability to various external shocks. Any approach using ICT in the interest of socio-economic development has to be broad-based and tailored to various sectors and build inter-linkages.

African Ideas has been appointed as Strategy and Readiness Advisor to the Western Cape Broadband initiative and has guided the development of the strategy and the implementation of all key initiatives from the inception of the project. We help the Western Cape navigate the complex and interconnected issues, as well as interact with the diverse set of stakeholders, to produce outcome that will make a significant difference for generations to come.

We are a strategy and innovation company focused on Africa. Our services focus on strategic planning, research and disruptive innovation especially related to the impact of digitisation across society.