Next draft of ICT BEE Charter 'ready by 6 April'

JOHANNESBURG (04/01/2004) - Following the completion of the ICT BEE Working Group national road show, the working group, together with its research unit, will undertake the process of collating and formalizing all of the information collected from the road show to compile a final draft of the charter, scheduled to be presented to government in June.

The charter advocates substantial change in the racial composition of ownership, management and control, as well as skills and specialist positions within companies. According to the working group, the first draft is not about rules and regulations, but outlines areas of discussion, and simply highlights needs and issues that must be addressed to develop the right managerial and technical skills within the sector.

The working group notes that the main objective of the road show is to give the provinces the opportunity to hear first-hand the ideas in and behind the draft Charter and then respond with inputs. Comments gathered on the road show will be included in the draft charter scheduled for release on 6 April.

Working group chairperson, Dali Mpofu, says, "Any issues left out need to be brought to the ICT Working Group's attention as a matter of urgency. The Working Group has set the target date to launch the final version as June 25, 2004", he adds.

"The ICT Charter has the backing of industry associations, including the Black IT Forum, the Computer Society of South Africa, the Electronic Industries Federation, the IT Association and the South African Communications Forum, which puts the ICT Working Group in good stead to complete its mission successfully," concludes Mpofu.

The last two legs of the road show will take place on April 5 and 6. There will be two sessions on the 5th, held at the Protea Ranch Hotel in Limpopo province and the Tusk Mmabatho Casino Resort in the North-West province. The last session, on the 6th, will be held at the Riverside Casino in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga province.

For more information regarding the charter visit http://www.ictcharter.org.za.

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