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  • SA govt’s ‘people first’ portal

    first_img2 August 2004The government has launched phase one of its “people first” Internet gateway, giving individuals, organisations and foreigners a single entry point to government services and information, organised according to user needs rather than government structures.The new e-government gateway – www.gov.za – offers visitors two main paths.The information portal – www.info.gov.za – carries comprehensive, updating information on government contacts, departments, events and projects, as well the latest government speeches, statements, notices, tenders and consultative documents. National, provincial and local government links are easily accessible, along with information on the country and frequently asked questions on issues ranging from business to travel and tourism.The services portal – www.services.gov.za – breaks down into services for individuals, services for organisations, and services for citizens from other countries.In each case, services are organised intuitively, according to user need rather than place within a bureaucratic structure. The visitor, in other words, needs no knowledge of which section of which department offers a particular service – all he or she needs to know is what he or she wants from the government.Information on services for South Africans, for example, is organised according to “life events” – giving birth, a place to live, the world of work, relationships and sexuality, dealing with the law, and so on.Not just via the InternetThe gateway project will be extended to South Africans living in poorer or more remote areas via public information terminals in post offices and the government’s expanding network of multi-purpose community centres (MPCCs) countrywide.Other channels for government services will include ATMs and Uthingo outlets, and public servants will be trained to help people access these channels.During the first phase of the gateway, citizens will be assisted by specially trained community development workers at nine selected MPCCs and 55 postal facilities. Forty community development workers have so far been trained to carry out the programme in Gauteng.Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has called on people to comment on the gateway “so that we can upgrade it to become more user-friendly where necessary”.Way forward for e-government in SAIn its next phase, the e-government gateway will move from offering information on services – what services there are, who qualifies for them, where and how to access them – to enabling users to make online transactions.Services in high demand – such as pension payouts, payment of taxes, housing subsidies and birth and death registrations – will be the first to be “e-enabled”, with the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) predicting that this “basic access level” of e-government will be in operation some time in 2006 or 2007.The subsequent, “intermediate level” of e-government will see more services becoming available over the Internet, including the ability to transact with government, with the focus on self-service and empowerment.According to the CPSI, a later, “advanced” level of e-government will see more complex transactions – such as applying for an ID book or passport – taking place online, as well as easier access to small business and educational resources.Between 2005 and 2008, the CPSI says, e-government should become available via mobile services and should include the ability to transact with government, with new technology, including communication using electricity power lines, playing an important role at this level.South Africa’s e-government strategy is led by the CPSI in partnership with the Department of Public Service and Administration and the State Information Technology Agency.In Accenture’s recently released fifth annual global e-government survey, South Africa took last place of the 22 countries listed.Herman Manson of Mediatoolbox notes, however, that South Africa “was the only African country and one of only several developing economies researched, and should see its inclusion in the survey as a commendation of what have been achieved to date”.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

  • With love, your number one fan

    first_imgKhanyi MagubaneI recently read a somewhat funny story that got me thinking about the concept of being a fan, a die-hard fan at that. The story might sound a bit confusing at first, pretty much like trying to explain to someone how you are related to a distant relative, but stay with me, it will make sense.South African actress Genevieve Howard, who plays the role of spoilt brat Grace Mashaba in the much-loved soapie Generations got the shock of her life when two crazed fans slapped her across the face, revenging their much loved Karabo Moroka, also a character in Generations played by Connie Ferguson.Howard was in North West province with other South African celebrities on a road show. The fans were convinced Howard and Grace were one and the same person.Now, Howard’s character Grace is unhappy that her dad Paul Mashaba has started dating again, according to her, it’s too soon after his divorce from her beloved mother, the mentally unstable Rachel. To make matters worse, her dad is dating Karabo, a beautiful media mogul, who also happens to be his dad’s co-host at MM live, a current-affairs radio show.Grace has done everything in her power to break up her dad’s relationship with Karabo, including moving out of his home to live with “Uncle Kenny” whom she knows her father hates, and quitting her university studies.Karabo, out of frustration, tries to reason with Grace that she is not trying to take her mother’s place and that for the sake of peace; they should try and get along. Grace is livid, how dare she try to compare herself to her mother, her father will never love her like he loved her mother! In a fit of rage, Grace slaps Karabo in front of Uncle Kenny and his wife Dineo, or “my little Dini” as he calls her.Howard remarks after the rather unfortunate incident, that it’s quite surprising that there are still people who don’t know the difference between a fictional TV story and reality, but to be honest, its not that surprising to me.It’s the nature of the beast. The fan beast.After much deliberation about the concept of being a “fan” I’ve realised that it’s steeped in adulation really. We idolise men and women, who seem to have it all. Looks, intelligence, talent, charm, fame and wealth.Think about the Hollywood phenomenon. I’m convinced it thrives on the “fan-o-meter”. What would the status of heartthrobs like Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Will Smith or Denzel Washington be without the screaming female fans?Or who would care about Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry (who was recently voted the sexiest woman alive by Esquire Magazine) or Scarlett Johannson if there weren’t a number of men getting endless free mileage just by looking at those fine specimens? The more popular you are, it seems, the more movies you get cast in, the more you work – the more you earn, the more you move up the social ladder (from D-list to A-list celebrity) and unfortunately, the more the paparazzi hound you and want to know the most intimate details of your life.Sounds fantastic, almost magical doesn’t it? Not all the time. I lay no claim to having even the remotest amount of fame, but I have been stalked, twice.The first time I was stalked by a “fan” happened a few years ago, when I worked for YFM, a youth radio station based in Johannesburg. I was a news anchor and a features writer for the stations youth magazine, Ymag. As with most, if not all stalkers, he had my personal details.He had my cellphone number and would write to me as if we were old, familiar friends. Even addressed me by my surname. He did however, make it clear that he is aware of the fact that I don’t know him personally, but I would know him “very soon”. This perturbed me, but I chose to ignore it, thinking that if I didn’t answer his messages, he would soon get the message and stop bothering me.My silence only seemed to flare his efforts. Even though I never met him face-to-face, he would SMS me non-stop. I refused to change my number. Eventually, I sought the help of my cousin, a former intelligence operative, who was familiar with the “spying” business.My cousin advised me to let him continue a little longer, until we establish his level of seriousness. Then and only then, would we take action. I think he also called me – I tend to block such memories out of my mind, but the day it stopped, was the day I finally decided to name and shame him live on air.I knew he was listening; he was after all, my number one fan. After that, he never contacted me again.Just when I thought I had “been there, done that” with stalkers, its started again. This time, I’m on a different radio station, presenting a gospel music show every Sunday. My “brother in the Lord” also managed to solicit my private cellphone number and got in touch, telling me how much he loved my voice and my show.He would share bible scriptures with me at all odd hours of the night, and he would constantly send me “please call me” messages, so that I could use my airtime to facilitate his warped endeavours… Imagine that.This time, I thought, I would respond. One day, when he least expected it, I called him back. All I remember about that conversation, was me trying to explain to him the discomfort he was causing me, how his actions had crossed the line and that he was now intruding on my privacy. I don’t even remember a word he said, I don’t think I cared to remember at all.But fortunately, it stopped relatively soon after that conversation.Then I had to think about it seriously, is there anyone that I would do the same thing to?Of all the musicians and actors that I adore and respect, would I really call myself their “fan” maybe even to the point of stalking them? Maybe I’m too vain to be a fan or maybe I know where to draw a line between appreciation and being a nuisance.Either way, I’m weary of fans or being a fan. That’s why I’m a writer and I work in radio. Even if you happen to recognise me after seeing my face on the top right hand corner of this column, don’t approach me, don’t be fan, I find it awkward and uncomfortable. Khanyi Magubane is a journalist, published poet, radio broadcaster and fiction writer. She writes for MediaClubSouth Africa, and brings with her an eclectic mix of media experience. She’s worked as a radio journalist for stations including Talk Radio &702 and the youth station YFM, where she was also a news anchor. She’s been a contributing features writer in a number of magazines titles including O magazine and Y mag. She’s also a book reviewer and literary essayist, published in the literary journal Wordsetc. Magubane is also a radio presenter at SAfm, where she hosts a Sunday show. She’s currently also in the process of completing the manuscript of her first novel, an extract of which has been published in Wordsetc.last_img read more

  • Watch | Kashmiri family speaks on shutdown in the Valley

    first_imgThe Kashmir Valley has been under a shutdown for the last three months.While landline and postpaid mobile phone services have been restored across the valley, all internet services continue to remain suspended since 5 August.Most of the top level and second rung separatist leaders have been taken into preventive custody, while mainstream politicians including two former Chief Ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house arrest.Meanwhile, the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir has been bifurcated into Union Territories.A Delhi-based Kashmiri family speaks on what they saw in the Valley.last_img

  • Beautifully meshed

    first_imgThe show titled Tactile and Intangible Melodies by Robin Passi that started off on 21 August at Alliance Francaise De in the Capital displays works made up of mirrors and wire mesh. The pieces displayed were along the path between sculpture and relief, art and design and the art object and art installation. Passi used mirrors of different sizes to catch reflections of different parts of the environment which creates new relations between space and form. Using mirrors and wire-mesh, he used its flow which pulls together the myriad of reflecting mirrors into a mythical stream of light. So in a sense elements of the tactile and tangible world and evokes intangible myths were been used. But like all myths there has to the some reality for their intangible messages to latch onto, to be believable. His metal orbs with mirrors in them, which, when hung from trees remind one of how bird-lovers carry their caged song-birds to hang from their branches to hear their melodies. These mirror-encrusted globes evoke birdsong in the visual form of reflections. The works reflected the artiste’s search for meaning from the raw material of day-to-day life, and in doing so he gave us hope for a future filled with creativity, variety and sensitivity.last_img read more