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2nd Open source conference for SA in August

By   |  July 8, 2004

Following the very successful inaugural Open Source Software Africa conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa, last year conference organisers Trade Conferences International(TCI) this week announced that they will be hosting the 2nd Open Source Software Africa event next month.

Open source software is currently the the fastest growing trend in the IT market, says Beverley Govender, who organised last year\’s event, but “it is still a topic surrounded by myth and misunderstanding\”. Because of this she says TCI has decided to host this second event as a means to highlight the issues surrounding the open source community in South Africa.

The use of open source software in South Africa is supported by the South African Government through the State information Technology Agency (SITA), and a nation wide campaign called the Go Open Source Campaign which is supported by the Shuttleworth Foundation, Hewlett Packard and the CSIR.

Govender says the 2nd Open Source Software Africa conference will \”assist the industry by addressing relevant and topical issues, with a focus on the changes and challenges currently facing the OSS industry in South Africa.\” She says the aim of this years conference is to position it as an industry event where IT professionals from all different backgrounds can share ideas about future developments in free software applications and networking.

Included on the programme for the two day event will be representatives from the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), Novell, Obsidian Systems, Radian, Independent Online, CSIR,,, Mpumelelo, Schoolnet Africa, Netday Africa, The Shuttleworth Foundation and the Linux Professionals Association.

Govender says the 2nd Open Source Software Africa Conference has received widespread backing and assistance from the OSS industry making it one of the biggest OSS events in Southern Africa to date. Organisations involved in the endorsement and support of this conference include SITA, the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI), the South African Technology Vanguard (SAVANT),, the Go Open Source Campaign and the Linux Professionals Association.

\”The positive feedback we have received from these organisations, who are on the forefront of the open source software drive, serves to prove the industry\’s commitment to developing knowledge about open source software in South Africa. Together, we are going to make this an OSS event to remember\”, says Nicole Menego, promotion executive for TCI.

The year\’s event is also partly sponsored by Novell South Africa, who have shown their commitment to the Open Source community with Novell Nterprise Linux services.

The conference will take place on the 26 and 27 August 2004 at the Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg.

For more information on the conference or to register for the event email or contact Marks Koloane or Nicole Menego at 011-803-0009.


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