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The 2021/22 edition of Limpopo Business is the 13th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2007, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the Limpopo Province. Limpopo has been attracting significant investments in the mining sector in recent years and with commodity prices of certain minerals rising in response to demand in the renewable energy and automotive sector, mining houses are well-positioned to expand production even further. This journal carries messages of welcome to investors from the province’s Premier and the MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is special feature on plans to catalyse investment and growth in the province through measures such as industrial parks and the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in the province’s far north, which is attracting billions of dollars in investment. News related to mining, agriculture, tourism, construction and property, water, education and development finance is carried in overviews of the main economic sectors.

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OVERVIEW ICT The Limpopo Broadband Network project is expanding. The Limpopo Broadband Network project, an initiative of the Limpopo Provincial Government, has so far connected 52 sites to the network infrastructure, using both fibre and satellite technologies. These sites, which include a large number of libraries, include WiFi spots which enable access to reliable connectivity. In terms of support infrastructure, a Data Centre, a Network Operating Control Centre and a Contact Centre have all been established. When an animated story about an ordinary guy from Limpopo, Noko Mashaba, first appeared on YouTube it was an instant hit. “Noko and the Famous Venda Tree” became the first in a series and Jonas Lekganyane, originally from the village of Mankweng, has subsequently started an animation company, Rams Comics, which offers a range of services and whose clients include UNAIDS and MTN. The company has won the most recent SAFTA “Best online content” award. Rural areas are difficult and expensive to connect. The Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) provides ICT services to public and private schools, hospitals and training colleges. Limpopo is one of five provinces that USAASA concentrates on with respect to school connectivity. Other areas of focus are state facilities such as police stations and prisons. Private telecommunications companies also have community responsibilities in terms of the National Development Plan. South African Vanguard of Technology (Savant) is a Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) programme. It is the marketing and awareness programme for the South African ICT and electronics sector. The National Department of Communications is responsible for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), the regulator of communications, broadcasting and postal services, the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and three other agencies. The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a programme of the National Research Foundation ONLINE RESOURCES South African Vanguard of Technology: www.savant.co.za State Information Technology Agency: www.sita.co.za Support Programme for Industrial Innovation: www.spii.co.za Technology Innovation Agency: www.tia.org.za SECTOR INSIGHT A Limpopo animator has created a popular series. and supports an average of 235 projects per year. THRIP supports initiatives that use science to bring benefits to wider society. This can relate to boosting distant rural computer literacy or for scientists working at the University of Venda who have received THRIP funding for soil research. Intermediate computerliteracy classes are given at some Limpopo schools by the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), and the CoZa Cares project of Uniforum SA. Maths Centre has received funding from the Citigroup Foundation to help it expand the Anglo American project for Maths and Science. ISPA and Uniforum SA run a Super Teacher of the Year award for the educator who has best imparted their newlyacquired IT knowledge to pupils and members of their community when they return from training courses. ■ Image by Lagos Techie on Unsplash LIMPOPO BUSINESS 2021/22 46

Out with the archaic, in with the innovative In a watershed decision, National Treasury has opened RT15 2021 up to the four primary telco service providers, ending five years of exclusivity for the telco awarded RT15 2016. This now offers the public sector and stateowned enterprises a choice in terms of where they want to spend their communication and data budgets. his new RT15 2021 transversal contract now brings with it Tcompetition and the expectation of service delivery. “The responsibility now rests on the service provider, organs of the state and state-owned enterprises,” says Nic Chauke, MTN’s head of Sales and RT15. “The directive from National Treasury to the public sector is that when they engage with service providers, delivery is vital. “Appointment of a service provider is now entirely left to the individual organ of state, which can select the provider based on merit, such as the support structure to execute well. A state entity that wants to secure services has to visit the National Treasury website and opt in, indicating their intention to procure the services through this transversal. A letter will be issued by Treasury indicating that they have opted in.” While RT15 2021 is a five-year term, there is flexibility for organs of state to take contracts out for periods that suit them. This means that only if service providers do a `phenomenal job’ by having the quality and scale of network and a dedicated team focused on the execution of service, will contracts be renewed. “It also means that we need to keep moving on infrastructure issues, especially power, alternative power, roads and addressing theft of equipment,” continues Chauke. “Covid-19 has highlighted some of the limitations of broadband, such as the cost of data. In education, for example, this is inhibited by the lack of devices and steep data prices. This is one of the areas we need to align our offering to. “Last year started a huge drive for us in universities and there were instances where we provided reverse bill apps and helped institutions, such as Unisa, to foot the bill. “Covid-19 meant the industry had to work hard to introduce innovation, but this has been a fantastic thing.” MTN Business takes its hat off to National Treasury for what it has crafted to provide competition and enable government to have access to uncapped data. This means that state employees can have unlimited access to work apps without incurring personal costs. The biggest factor to Nic Chauke, Head of Sales and RT15 at MTN Business mention is the cost containment, which means that government spend can be deployed elsewhere such as healthcare and infrastructure. By implication, these benefits filter directly through to citizens. “The value proposition now moves away from the archaic way communications was offered in the past. National Treasury has driven the industry to become even more innovative and flexible. We can now offer uncapped data, voice and closed user group minutes, SMS and closed user group SMS at the aggressively competitive rates government has negotiated with us. “The public sector has responded so positively to this and it is really encouraging to see the channels of communication opening up. “Since this contract became effective, we have been engaging with a number of government departments on a daily basis. It has also opened up the horizon to engage with government to work closely with rural communities and partner with small entities, something we are very excited about,” he concludes. Email – basil.ntlatleng@mtn.com Call – 060 905 5971 Click – mtnbusiness.co.za For more information, please visit: www.treasury.gov.za Exclusive to Government departments that opt in to RT15-2021

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