Simnikiwe Mzekandaba
IT in government editor

Simnikiwe Mzekandaba is the IT in government editor at ITWeb. She reports on tech initiatives, policies and digital transformation strategies in government, banking and education. She holds an Honours degree in Journalism from Rhodes University. Behind that smile, she is plotting how best to get government officials to respond to her emails before deadline :)

Three's a crowd as new taxi app enters SA


Israel's Weride selects SA to be one of the first markets to launch its taxi app, as it looks to rival other e-hailing transport services.

Liberty readies for insurance chatbot


The investment group's short-term insurance unit is developing a chatbot to facilitate communication with customers and transform insurance quotes.

2.8m grant payments in limbo

SASSA snubs Parliament's public accounts committee as the countdown to the post office social grant payments takeover fast approaches.

Govt finally appoints CIO


Six years after the departure of the previous government CIO, Mandla Ngcobo is appointed to set the state's ICT benchmark.

Tshwane's ISP spreads its wings


Project Isizwe partners with Glencore to make sure residents in two Witbank mining towns receive free WiFi access.

Altron subsidiary bags R220m post office tender

Bytes Systems Integration will provide biometrics support to the South African Post Office in its role as social grants paymaster.

R1bn budget boost for e-government

The Department of e-Government receives a R1 billion budget to support Gauteng's ongoing modernisation efforts.

ICASA pleads for its independence

The regulator flags issues with the mooted draft ECA Bill, as it seeks to maintain core independent functions.

Govt eases R&D tax rebate bottlenecks

Government sets up measures to boost access to the research and development tax incentive programme, which fell short of expectations.

A year later, SASSA still desperately scrambling

The agency again pins its hopes on the ConCourt to ensure millions receive their grants, despite having a year to get its affairs in order.

Mokonyane's poor performance doesn't bode well for DOC

Nomvula Mokonyane's sketchy track record doesn't inspire confidence she will turn things around at crisis-hit communications entities.

ICASA chairperson faces the axe

Parliament's communications committee gets the ball rolling to remove Rubben Mohlaloga from his post as the regulator's chairperson following his fraud conviction.