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Impacting on Economic Growth through Digital Technology

October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Broadband internet is a key tool for social and economic development and a 10% increase in broadband penetration can provide 1.3% growth in GDP according to the World Bank. It is essential, if South Africa is to thrive as a knowledge economy and can help address urgent issues of unemployment and poverty. However, South Africa lags behind many other countries with regards to broadband accessibility and affordability and is placed only 92nd in the world for individual internet usage according to the UN’s State of Broadband 2013 Report.

The National Broadband Policy, SA Connect, has identified 100% broadband as a national priority with Telkom providing the bulk of the core backbone infrastructure. What the broadband plan omits to explain is how this will be done. Also the Policy deadline of 2030 and lack of milestones is not ambitious enough to help South Africa remain competitive and stimulate economic growth.

Join us as Jabu Mabuza , Chairman of Telkom discusses Telkom’s role in delivering the infrastructure and technology required to enhance South Africa’s digital broadband capability. He will take us through their plans to ensure ubiquitous and affordable broadband to all, and most importantly, enabling business to compete globally.

About Jabu Mabuza

Jabu Mabuza is Chairman of Telkom SA and Deputy Chairman of Tsogo Sun having been CEO of Tsogo Sun. Jabu’s has an extraordinary success story having started as a taxi driver to become a highly respected businessman serving on numerous boards. He is currently Chairman of the South African Tourism Board, Chairman of the Casino Association of South Africa (CASA), President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) amongst others. He has also worked at SA Breweries and served as the Country Advisor to United Bank of Switzerland (USB). Jabu has never been put off by what first appears to be insurmountable obstacles having taken over at Telkom when strong leadership was required.

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Date:
October 31, 2014
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm