We have realised that as Black people the sector is totally closed to us in every angle and as such we have come up with programmes aimed at addressing challenges facing unemployed youth, Students, Employees, Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the sector. Our approach to ensure access and ownership is as follows:
To assist students PBICT has made provision for a student desk which will be established in every institution that offers ICT, Communication media or Electronics as a curriculum. The objective of the student desk will be to support students in these fields of study by networking them with the industry and assisting them with the transition from school to industry. The desk will also share various opportunities with namely bursaries, work experience, projects etc. with the students. More importantly PBICT will influence the structure of the Curriculum and ensure that it is aligned to the industry to avoid students from sitting at home with their qualifications. To be part of the student desk we call students to join the PBICT by clicking here >>>
The PBICT has established a consortium of Black SMME’s which is aimed at ensuring that overcome the challenges which block us from participating in the sector. The role of this consortium is to ensure that we combine our skills as SMME’s and partner with those companies and OEM who are willing to transfer skills to our SMME’s and develop them so that they get opportunities.This industry more especially government continues to set criteria’s which exclude SMME’s from tender opportunities hence our programme which organises us into one powerful consortium which will meet all these requirements.
PBICT workers Union
We are aware that Blacks continue to be marginalised in the Sector and they are excluded from particular work opportunities because employers do not fully understand the sector. We are further aware that the education systems is not producing professionals which are aligned to industry and as such many get lost in the system by ending up doing work which is opposite to what they studied. To support and protect the interest of employees in the sector as PBICT we resolved in the National General Conference that we need to establish a union which will represent all employees in this sector. To be part of this union we request you to join PBICT as a member and once you are a member you will be directed to the PBICT workers union.
Black Technology Database
Historically Black inventions have been suppressed and most stolen leaving us behind the curtains and even going as far as using the court system to claim compensation of our innovations. As PBICT we call all those who have innovations to join PBICT and we will assist you in ensuring that your innovation is protected that the doors to market are open. We will further use our network of patriots and supporters to ensure that you get the support you needs to further develop you invention. Join PBICT as a member and contact the Office of the Presidency which is responsible amongst other for research and development as well as stakeholder relations.
Unemployed Youth and ICT
As PBICT we have taken a conscious decision that we must try and assist Government in addressing the issue facing Youth and unemployment. We are further aware that we cannot eradicate unemployment but we must try. We call all those who have interest in the sectors we represent and all those professionals and practitioners who have been excluded from being active to join as Members of the PBICT which is free for the unemployed and take part in our various programmes implemented by the Office of the General Secretary of PBICT and our network of Partners and SMME’s these amongst other include but not limited to: Learnership Programmes, Specialised skills development programmes, Development Programmes etc. This call is made to the unemployed Youth African in particular.
Bringing down the iron curtain
The NEC of the PBICT led by the President will challenge every system which excludes Black People from participating in the mainstream economy in our sector. We will engage and escalate such issues until the transformation Agenda is achieved. Our understanding is very clear on the position that radical economic transformation means that the current systems are not working and they must be changed. We do not support the transversal tender system of Treasury and SITA as we has seen them to benefit the minority of the minority because they control and fix the prices.
PBICT believes that #DATA MUST FALL as it has become of the essential services especially to the Youth. We are of the view that DATA MONOPOLY which is controlled by the few needs new players which are BLACK and SMME’s. Our programme which is aimed at addressing the DATA issues is directed at Government and ICASA, we call all Black SMME’s in the area of ICT to join us in partitioning government to do the following:
- Issue spectrum licenses to Black SMME’s which will assist Government in rolling out the SA Connect project.
- Government must ensure that Black SMME’s are in the forefront of the internet of things project and not the Digital Monopoly which already controls the lion share of the ICT spend.
- ICASA must be transformed and re-structured to better perform its role as a regulator and must be called to investigate why South Africans are paying so much for data
- Black SMME’s must roll out the free Wi-Fi project supported by Government and this roll out must empower and develop the skills of Black SMMEs in the space of networking from design to implementation and maintenance of the networks
- ICASA must revoke all licenses which are not in use by the time of expiry date which will then give an opportunity to those who can use it to do so. This will prevent the current situation where you have 27 licenses issued and only 25 are not used for 10 years or more and our people are the ones on the wrong end of the stick.
Technology is the solution to many challenges faced daily by business and people in general. In South Africa the technology is colonised by technology from foreign countries. PBICT wants to localise the design and manufacturing of technology and content to South Africa. Our position on the matter is that foreign OEM’s must bring design and manufacturing of their technology to South African and 70% of their design and manufacturing team must be South Africans at the offset leading to 100% in the next 5 years. We further committing to organise our Local innovators that PBICT will push for Government to have open labs in every Province and centres of Technology manufacturing in strategic Provinces to ensure that our innovators can manufacture their technologies and get them ready for market.
The PBICT also resolved that Government is the major client for our technology and as such SITA must focus on setting standards for both Software and Hardware to be used in Government with the main focus being the technology designed and manufactured in South Africa particularly by Africans. We are also petitioning SITA to change the transversal systems and use Black SMME’s to develop and support the new systems for Government this includes having one IFMS systems run in National, Provincial and Local Government even the SOE.
It’s time we develop our own technology and issue our own certifications, we also want the development of our home grown technology to start from early childhood education in that way we secure their future and allow them to join the society of great inventors of technology.
The PBICT support the # FEES MUST FALL initiative and to assist Government in partially resolving the issue we have resolved that every high school in the Country must be a digital university after 15:00. The PBICT consortium and our database of innovators together with our network of Academic institutions which are Progressive will roll out this project with support from Government. The idea is to ensure that our tertiary institutions extend their reach to areas where they are needed most at minimum cost to the student.