BY SMMES. FOR EVERYONE.
The purpose of the WTISD is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that are enabled by the access to the internet and other information and communication technologies. The ICTs bring to societies access to knowledge and information thus enabling economic growth as well as helping close the digital divide.
This year, the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
“The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is one of the most important days on the Telecommunication’s calendar. South Africa, under the leadership of the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies, has observed or celebrated WTISD every year without fail since its inception in 2006. With COVID-19 putting a halt to all outdoor activities, the ICT SMME Chamber resorted to using technology to ensure that we continue to observe and celebrate WTISD 2020.” Said the Chairperson of the Chamber, Muzi Makhaye.
Kicking off at 11 o’clock, viewers can stream the 6-hour live broadcast, which will be shared across all social media platforms. The 6-hourly digitised programme will be comprised of unique sub-themes in support of the ITU’s official theme.
“Societies are entering an era of massive digital transformation. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies’ aim, is to ensure that the benefits of this digital transformation are realised by the South African society.” Says the Deputy Minister, Pinky Kekana.