Rollout of broadband in SA boosted
South Africa is busy setting up its broadband infrastructure so that it can be connected to the world in time for the World Cup in 2010.
In an endeavour to speed up the rollout of cables and fast-track information and communication technology (ICT) , a memorandum of understanding between the broadband firm Infraco and the Nepad e-Africa Commission was signed at the weekend in Kapama Lodge, near Hoedspruit, Limpopo.
The two companies will provide a cable called Uhuru - a Swahili word meaning freedom - to install and ensure broadband communication between the country and the world at large at an affordable price.
The memorandum was signed during a three-day presidential international advisory council (PIAC) meeting headed by President Thabo Mbeki.
It was held to review the work done by the PIAC and to check on progress.
Addressing the media at a briefing session on Sunday, Mbeki commended the PIAC's good work.
He said that a scorecard to indicate progress would be developed and finalised in a short while.
"We have also taken a resolution to work hand in glove with Trade Investment South Africa in ensuring that South Africa, and Africa in particular, continue to improve investment in ICTs," Mbeki told the briefing.
Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi emphasised the importance of increasing the uptake and use of ICTs by the government, business and citizens, even those who live in the remote rural areas.
Mbeki was also accompanied to the meeting by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.