It is no secret that the South African government is currently experiencing enormous pressure from local residents and the wider international community to meet its own deliverables.
Can technology make a difference?
Although the South African government has a reputation for openness towards innovation, it has yet to embrace the remarkable opportunity that lies within the mobile sector.
Local smartphone adoption rates are also impressive. According to professional services network, Deloitte, there are currently over ten million active smartphones in
These devices are also becoming more affordable. As prices drop, so current feature phone users are expected to begin moving towards more intelligent devices.
To service this growing market, Intervate recently announced the launch of a mobile metre reading application that allows users to measure and submit their own electricity usage.
In districts such as
The challenge here is that government, although willing, is often slow to respond. Considerable administrative barriers and restrictive tender processes have made collaboration with innovative partners increasingly difficult.
Furthermore, state agencies often lack the internal business processes required to service improvement. Great ideas are a positive step forward, but when poorly implemented they can simply exacerbate the challenges.
In order for the state to realise the benefit associated with mobile platforms, it must rethink its approach to technology and on-going support. The opportunity is certainly present, government just needs a push.
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