SITA improving but not yet out of the woods

Zweli Mokgata

Zweli Mokgata

The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is laying criminal charges against corrupt individuals and entities within the organisation and outside over "an irregular" R22million transaction.

SITA spent R149million last year on capital expenditure, most of which went into computer equipment. The company trained 96percent of their staff with the help of a R10,2million Sector Education and Training subsidy.

Revenue for the period was up 15,6percent to R3,3billion and net profit jumped by 76percent to R143,5million, but the entity was still not out of the woods. "We are financially sustainable," said SITA chairperson Thenjiwe Chikane, "but we are not a listed company and the measure of our success will only be the extent to which we bring government services to those who are not so privileged."

SITA has been besieged by difficulties in recent years with a loss of key board members including their chief executive officer Mavuso Msimang, who was sued by an employee for sexual harassment. Former chief of strategic services Jonas Bogoshi resigned after his contract expired.

"The other members left because of work pressure," said public service and administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. "We will be appointing a new board when cabinet meets in four weeks time, but we will need more time to appoint a new chief executive officer."

As a result of internal restructuring SITA closed down the ICT Academy that was opened in October last year and meant to assist with skills shortages.