Thabo Mofokeng is President of the Information Technology Association of South Africa (ITA) and a Non-Executive Director at MICT SETA. We explore the role of the ITA, opportunities and challenges for IT and ICT business, the future of technology and jobs, interacting with a computing environment, collaboration and his view of cities in 2040 and colonising Mars.
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Opportunities and challenges
The future of technology and jobs
Thabo’s view of cities in 2040, or will we be on Mars?
About Thabo Mofokeng
Thabo has worked in engineering, technology management, project management, and programme supervision in broadband optical wireless and wireline telecommunications services, broadcasting services, postal regulatory services, multimedia, electricity transmission, distribution and renewable energy services, information technology industries, as well as project management in national, provincial, municipal and local government spheres.
About The Information Technology Association (ITA)
The Information Technology Association (ITA), founded in 1934, merged with the IT Users Council in mid-2000, is the official trade and employer body of the Information Technology Industry in South Africa. The ITA represents more than 200 companies concerned with the supply of information technology equipment, systems, software, and services. Prominent members include Microsoft SA, Siemens, SAP, Axiz, IBM, etc.
The ITA works in close liaison with government, consumers and other specialist organizations. The ITA also has a longstanding commitment to human resource development within the industry. Through its close association with the MICT SETA, the ITA promotes the maintenance of high standards of IT industry technical skills in accordance with international trends.
About MICT SETA
A global leader in the development and delivery of revolutionary ICT skills.
We provide opportunities for our stakeholders to participate in the economy, through meaningful employment and entrepreneurship, in building a capable, creative and developmental state.
The Media, Information, and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) is a public entity established in terms of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998). The MICT SETA plays a pivotal role in achieving South Africa’s skills development and economic growth within the sub-sectors it operates namely; Advertising, Film and Electronic Media, Electronics, Information Technology, and Telecommunications.
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