The proposed one percentage point increase in VAT will result in cost increases, with retailers scrambling to update tech.
Stats SA incorporates technology for the 2021 head count of the country's population and households.
The telecoms ministry confirms plans to establish government-owned IT and ICT infrastructure companies in the next two years.
The communications ministry seeks to ensure 1.5 million digital TVs are installed over the medium-term period.
The SA Connect project receives a reduced budget of R1.7 billion over the medium-term expenditure framework, as implementation struggles to get off the ground.
Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos hopes government will soon fast-track spectrum allocation for telcos, as SA awaits a Cabinet reshuffle that could further delay the process.