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Debate by JL Mahlangu on the Ikamva Digital Skills Institute Bill

Madam Speaker, Minister and colleagues

Congratulate the new Minister Stella Ndabeni Abrams on her elevations to this difficult position hers is not an easy department. We also want to wish the former Minister Dr Siyabonga Cwele well in his new Department.

Honorable speaker I am not a praise singer to any politician but want to give credit where is its due both Minister Ndabeni and Cwele are very exemplary in respecting the Portfolio Committee with their attendance and when they are not available they do not fail to call and write and say apologies we will not make it we are help up here or there.

We also welcome the invitation for the establishment of the Presidential Commission for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in line with the ANC 54 Conference Resolution.


The Bill was introduced as the Ikamva National E-Skills Institute Bill, the committee published the Bill for public input to all Provinces in all 11 languages only 4 submissions were received, the submissions were entertained, they supported the Bill.

Having deliberated on the objects and purpose of the Bill the committee resolved rework the Bill from scratch and produced the current bill which speaks to the spirit and letter of both policy and constitution.

At the onset I must thank members from the two parties that participated throughout the enacted of this bill and the two parties are the ANC and the DA.

So what does it mean it means the bill is consensus work of the two parties we thus collectively request the house to pass the bill. We understand parliament allows any member to participate in the committees and debates. Its fair in this regard for those who did not participate in the deliberations to make those declarations.

Objects of the Bill

To provide for the promotion and development and meaningful use of digital skills, to provide for the establishment of the IKAMVA DIGITAL INSTITUTE; to provide for the establishment and functioning of the Insitute.to provide for establishment of the collaborative laboratories for digital skills, knowledge production governance training amongst others. This is in line with the ANC Conference resolution of the 53rs ad 54th conferences to provide address the inequality of access.


What does the future hold in store for us: SPEED of everything that occurs around us.

Digital life will be very disruptive

We will witness more machine talking to each other than people. Technology will change our lives radically.

You'll be in a position to access the world from the comfort of your home, you'll run your farm without going out to the field after technology would have supplied you with the moist in the soil and thus you are guided as to where you can plant a seed, and continuously getting up to date information through to your hand held devices.

Your child will attend a school of her or his choice while sitting in his/ her bedroom.

You'll activate all your services from anywhere in the world.

HEALTH CARE WILL BE TRANSFORMED / VISIONS WILL BE TURNED INTO ACTION: Your doctor linked to you DIGITALLY TROUGH YOU DEVICES LIKE A WATCH - will access your heartbeat, your body temperature, prescribe medication and use a drone to deliver medication to where every you are.

The world is globalising, the next Industrial revolution is unfolding as we speak now, we are going to have interesting and exciting times.

Mobile connectivity is going to be the key social and business driver, there is a growing demand for digital content.

There is pressure for industries to reduce the cost to communicate, DATA cost must fall,

There is a challenge that whereas the SA is currently 90 to 98 covered in terms of network covering there is poor access in rural areas and some urban settings

Worse is there are many people who lack digital skills, most people still depend on chopping trees from Mpumalanga and generate paper.


The digital skills bill seeks to bring into the fold those of our people who if not taken care of will be lost from the future as it has started to unfold.

This bill responds to the outcry of lack of skills and unemployability of South African youth

The aim of the Bill is to equip million young South Africans with skills to help them build an Online - Presence, create content, acquire skills understand web design, user experience, social media and App's development, including the use of indigenous languages in the digital space.

In order to reach this target and create meaningful impact the bills will improve employability and encourage entrepreneurship among young people.

Colabs: must be accessible to all stakeholders, undertake and promote research, provide research support to students. Initiate and implement projects aimed at the promotion of digital skills and establish digital networks in government, business, civil society and education institutions:

The following will be the digital thematic areas provided in the various Colab's.

  • Western Cape, University of the Western Cape -whose Thematic area is Electronic-inclusion and social innovation;
  • Limpopo - University of Limpopo - the thematic area is connected Health;
  • North West - Northwest University -the thematic area is Agro - Tourism;
  • KwaZulu-Natal -- the thematic area is - enablement of effective service delivery;
  • Eastern Cape - Walter Sisulu University - the thematic area is ICT for rural development;
  • Northern Cape / Gayteng -Vaal University of Technology -- the thematic area is a knowledge-based economy and e-social astuteness;
  • Mpumalanga -- Mpumalanga University -the focus would be - future digital integration and cyber security;
  • Gauteng's - (Tshwane University of Technology - Vall University of Technology) -thematic focus would be creative new media.
  • Free State - Colabs - Central University of Technology - The colab was established last month in November and will still decide on its Thematic Area.

South Africa is a diverse country and providing mass-level skills trainings that might just change someone's daily passion to learn, prosper and transform cannot be achieved at an institutional level only , it has to be approached at a community level, the access in these institutions must be brought down to the people.

In order to ensure that we gain access to the youth throughout all South African communities, it was imperative to appoint institutions who not only can facilitate the learning around the digital skills to be transferred, but who understood the scope of the project and the impact that the learning could have on the youth of South Africa.

We encourage members of the Public, young and all of South Africa to familiarise themselves with the Bill and participate in the digital skills training that Colabs in various provinces will be affording society

ANC Support the Bill and hope that all parties will support this revolutionary Bill

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