SPEEDRUN – Gauteng eGovernment up and running

With the Government of National Unity (GNU) in place, the varying cabinet positions appointed, and Gauteng’s executive cabinet installed, one of the final tasks to get things up and running is the region’s eGovernment.

That took place this week as Bonginkosi Dlamini has been selected as the new MEC.

“A career politician, Dlamini is the provincial chairperson of the IFP in Gauteng and now he will oversee eGovernment, succeeding the ANC’s Mzikayifani Khumalo. Khumalo himself was appointed in late 2022 and was immediately tasked by Lesufi to carry out a number of tech-minded initiatives, specifically aimed at fighting crime in the province,” wrote Luis Monzon of the new department.

“Officially, the Department of eGovernment is mandated to conduct a digital transformation of Gauteng’s public services. However this description is broad, and the department in recent years has seemingly become an arm of (Premier Panyaza) Lesufi’s own plans for the province,” he added.

Along with Gauteng’s eGovernment finally set to begin its work, we have curated a number of noteworthy stories in this morning’s SPEEDRUN roundup. These include more local languages added to Google Translate, the insanely low cost of purchasing a botnet, Cloudflare looking to block AI scrapers, the DA pushing for the R200 service fee to fall away, and futureproofing your job from AI.

[Image – Photo by tebogo losaba on Unsplash]


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