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Overview

Overview

The Progressive Blacks in Information and Communication Technology also known as PBICT is a group of persons who are active in the ICT and Communication sectors through employment, business and education.Our main objective is to open ACCESS and advocate for OWNERSHIP to ensure that black people fully benefit from these sectors. Through our radical economical transformation mantra we aim to open up a variety of opportunities for our members.

If you are into: Software • Hardware • Networking • Internet of Things • Design/Media/Advertising • Telecommunications • Broadcast • Robotics • Electronics • ICT/Media Education • ICT/Media Professional Services • ICT Supplies/Sales you are the perfect candidate for membership.

Join today:

www.pbict.org.za/index.php/join

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Vision and Mission

Vision and Mission

Vision

We see the ICT sector fully transformed ensuring full access and ownership to Black people in general and African in particular.

Mission

We will achieve our vision by aligning ourselves to the revolution of South Africa and working with all those who share a common purpose with us.

Background

Background

Having realised that the Black people remain excluded from the opportunities presented in the ICT, electronics and Communication media sectors despite the existence of many structures which represent Black people, the Progressive Blacks in ICT was launched on 23 March 2017 at Hilton Hotel Durban. The members present at the launch took advantage of the radical economic transformation agenda driven by the ANC and resolved to establish an ICT organisation which is aligned to the revolution of South Africa and one that identifies itself with the leader of the revolution the ANC.

All the nine Provinces embarked on a recruitment drive and launched the National Structure on 6-7 May 2017 after reaching a membership of more than 350 spread across the country. The Conference was attended by 100 founding members to launch the Structure, the elections were presided over by the IEC. Since its inception the PBICT continues to implement the programmes of its National General Council which are aimed at achieving ACCESS and OWNERSHIP of the sector.

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Our Purpose

Our Purpose

The purpose of the PBICT shall be to ensure that Black people have full access to the ICT and the Communications sectors and shall further promote innovation and advance the agenda to ensure that as a Country we produce technology more than we consume. 

Character of the PBICT

Character of the PBICT

Character of the PBICT

The PBICT is a progressive organisation which aligns itself to the revolution which aims to address the imbalances of the past and one which strives to ensure equity through radical economic transformation. We further identify ourselves with the leader of that revolution being the African National Congress.

The PBICT shall:

Be a non-racial, non-sexist organisation which focuses on transforming the ICT sector to benefit the Black people of South Africa.

Ensure that its policies and position is determined by the membership and its leadership is accountable to the membership in terms of the procedures laid down in its Constitution.

In its composition and functioning, be unitary, democratic and follow these key principles: inclusivity, engagement and communism.

Cooperate closely with the ANC and other forums or groupings which strive to transform the lives of Black people in the country.

Create a platform for an exchange of ideas and shall encourage open debates on all organizational and sector related issues which include but not limited to the following political, economic, social, legislative and technological.

Lead the rapid and radical transformation of the ICT sector in South Africa.

Partake in the sector related programme in Africa that seeks to empower the continent and its people.

Challenge any system that excludes Black people from participating in the sector.

Support the leader of the South African revolution and its Government where the PBICT feels we share the same views and objectives. Contradict when the former does not apply.

Our Aims and Objectives

Our Aims and Objectives

The PBICT aims ensure that Black people take full ownership of the ICT and the Communication Sectors.

  The aims and objectives of the PBICT are:
  • To unite all the South Africans in the sector, who subscribe to the radical economic transformation agenda;
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  • To create an enabling environment which gives Black people a minimum of 70% of the mainstream economic opportunities in the sector.
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  • To lead the agenda of eradicating the digital divide, bringing about equality and universal access for all South Africans.
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  • To support and advise stakeholders on the policies and direction of the sector;
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  • To co-ordinate the development of technologies and innovations in South Africa;
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  • To build relations with Public and Private stakeholders who share a common interest and vision of the PBICT;
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  • To support and advance the international agenda of protecting the environment and promoting green technology in South Africa;
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  • To support and advance the development of the youth and women sector;
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  • To open doors of opportunity for Black SMME’s in the sector;
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  • To challenge any system that promotes or allows monopolisation of the sector by the few;

Our Activities

Our Activities

  • ENAGE all stakeholders on behalf of Black people in the sector to influence policy and development of the sector in South Africa and ultimately Africa;
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  • ORGANISE Black people in the sector to achieve the radical economic transformation agenda of South Africa;
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  • INFLUENCE the development of knowledge, skills and content production in the sector by ensuring the alignment of the education curriculum to the needs of the industry;
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  • PROMOTE the development and manufacturing of locally designed and produced technologies and content.
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  • BRIDGE the digital divide to eradicate the gap between the haves and the have nots.
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  • GROW the organisation and ensure representation in every Province.
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  • CREATE a sense of awareness in the society to make maximum usage of technology as an integral part of improving their way of life through the internet of things.
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  • ESTABLISH international relations towards the achievement of our objectives.
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  • ENCOURAGE the youth and woman to participate and take control of the sector.