SAVANT SEEKS TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN ICT SECTOR

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The launch of SAVANT, a public-private partnership between Government and several key players in the South African technology industry, seeks to accelerate development of the South African Information and Communication Technologies and Electronics (ICTE) sectors, while raising the international profile of this thriving industry. SAVANT is a coalition of industry leaders supported by government, represented by the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) and the ICT Development Council. It is the country’s first marketing and branding campaign for the ICTE sectors. ³The establishment of strong, vibrant and thriving ICTE sectors is fundamental to South Africa’s growth and development,² says Mr Alec Erwin, Minister of Trade and Industry.

Initially, the SAVANT initiative has identified six crucial areas where it believes South Africa has a distinct competitive advantage and through which it will channel the plan. These areas are IT Training & Certification, Call Centres, Wireless Development, Pilot Lab, Niche Software Development and Infrastructure Development.