Another murky South African tender?

Are multinational software companies using unqualified BEE front companies in South Africa to win lucrative, and sometimes dodgy, government contracts? Following an outcry over a R153 million ($20m) tender, the South African Department of Trade and Industry has authorised an independent investigation into the awarding of the controversial bid by the Companies and Intellectual Property […]

Health Informatics grants

The Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health, today announced it will award more than $9.23 million to eight global health informatics programs over the next five years – two of them from Africa. The University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa will use its new award to develop research and training […]

Delays and overspend on SA Id project

The South African Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) controversial project to distribute access to its Identity and fingerprint databases is running into overspend and late delivery problems. The project could potentially revolutionise the DHA by providing access to two core systems to branch offices and field teams. The national population register (NPR) and the Home […]

SA Police told to “prepare properly” for DNA database

via News24 The South African National Assembly’s Police Committee sent a SA Police delegation packing for failing to explain how the department would set up a proposed national DNA database. The delegation of senior police officers was instructed to prepare properly and reappear before the committee at a later date. Committee chairperson Sindi Chikunga cut […]

National Health Information System in South Africa – “Mission Impossible”

Opinion by  Ivo Vegter via ITWeb (excerpts only) Speaking at this year’s GovTech Conference, the CIO of the Department of Health, Dr Shaheen Khotu, gave a bewildering presentation. His subject was the National Health Information System of South Africa, and in particular, the provision of an electronic health record. The aim of such a record […]

Companies and Intellectual Properties Registration

via allAfrica CIPRO in South Africa is spending R153m to ‘modernise its computer system’. It has just been cleared of irregularities in the award of the contract. The new system will transform Cipro from a paper-based operation to one in which data is digitally processed and stored. It will allow one to search online to […]

Study on Internet Exchange Points

via  Balancing Act Africa’s Internet Exchange Points score well on lowering latency and local download speed but did not contribute to lowering of end-user costs, says new study from Balancing Act Issue no 474, 2 Oct. 2009 Those promoting Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Africa (and Balancing Act was one of them) made several broad […]

Housing Demand Databases in South Africa

A number of provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo) and cities are at various stages in launching new housing demand databases. It is not clear whether they are all using the same system, but a National Housing Demand Database is currently being developed by local GIS company Global Image.

ARV Down Referral Patient Management System

Down Referral is a mechanism to increase access to care for large numbers of patients requiring Anti-RetroViral (ARV) therapy.  Down referral to primary health care sites often ensures that patients receive treatment within walking distance of their homes, reducing the financial burden associated with transport and loss of income for clinic visits. In South Africa […]

Ward Committee Data Management System

The South African Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is currently developing a web-based data management system aimed at expanding and strengthening community based participation in local government. Ward committees are the structure that makes it possible to narrow the gap between local municipalities and communities, since they have the knowledge and understanding of […]