SA Cabinet approves OSS strategy
The South African Cabinet yesterday approved the Government OSS strategy. The announcement was made by Minister of Public Services and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi shortly before delivering her budget vote speech to Parliament. In her speech Fraser-Moleketi said Government is \”looking forward\” the many benefits of open source software.
During her budget vote speech, Fraser-Moleketi said \”South Africa is proud to be amongst the countries that have adopted Open Source Software (OSS) policies. The improved returns on investment associated with the elimination of licensing are exciting and we look forward to ending maintenance agreements that lock government into expensive long-term contracts.\”
Fraser-Moleketi also said the Government IT Officers Council(GITOC), the Centre for Public Service and Administration(CPSI)The GITO Council and the State Information Technology Agency(SITA) are working together to address issues of the security, compatibility, interoperability and sustainability of OSS.
\”SITA has established an OSS Business Unit within the Chief Information Officer\’s office,\” said Fraser-Moleketi. \”We have also established a standing committee on OSS within the GITO Council. Some elements of open source applications already exist on Government networks, particularly in e-mail applications.\”
The minister said government\’s OSS strategy will allow it to benefit from increased customer choice and the elimination of single vendor lock-ins. She also said because OSS software source code is shared it is constantly modified and improved for more relevance and efficiency of usage.
\”The CPSI together with SITA and the OSS working group of the GITO Council has developed an OSS document submission system to be launched at the end of June, that will be available to all government departments to further develop and use. [and] we will be identifying additional OSS projects during the course of the next 6 months,\” said Fraser-Moleketi.