MEDIA STATEMENTS: Limpopo Connexion to host Free Open Source Software (FOSS) day

Date: 13 Mar 2017

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Limpopo Connexion, a subsidiary company of the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), will host a Free Open Source Software Day at Polokwane’s Bolivia Lodge on March 17, 2017. The initiative follows approval of Open Source Software usage in state departments by the South African government in 2007; with a view to lower and manage information and communication technology costs. The context is the fact that proprietary software – used under license and stringent copyright restrictions, is expensive to procure and replicate – while Open Source Software offers legal compliance flexibility and massive economics of scale advantages to users.

Limpopo Connexion has partnered with government and private sector companies such as IBM, Cisco, Vodacom, Oracle, and SUSE – a German computer software company and project funder - to assist in harnessing relevant educational and operational skills in the deployment and use of Open Source software and platforms. SUSE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micro Focus International. The initiative is further aimed at creating FOSS awareness and collaborative partnerships between provincial state departments, state owned enterprises (provincial parastatatals), municipalities as well as the empowerment of youth and ICT focused SMMEs.

Commenting on the FOSS Day project in relation to the organization’s corporate strategy, Limpopo Connexion Acting CEO, Baldwin Ramasobane, says: "We are pleased to be working with SUSE, the Departments of Public Service and Administration (Tirelo Bosha) and of Education and others, in the implementation of FOSS in Limpopo. Considerable work has been done and continues to be underway in creating awareness around the cost effectiveness and developmental merits of Open Source Software – especially in largely rural and undeveloped provinces like Limpopo, insofar as limited access to and technical know– how of technology and computing. We at Limpopo Connexion are confident that the adoption of international best practice in the large scale utilization of FOSS is a step in the right direction – in tackling both the digital divide and empowering individuals and institutions from a software cost containment and utility perspective."

Issued by:
Limpopo Economic Development Agency: Marketing & Communications
Contact: Nthikeng Mohlele

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