Community Airwaves

Community Airwaves is an on-line newsletter that aims to provide a communication and knowledge-sharing platform to community radio stakeholders in South Africa. The platform will provide information to its recipients timeously, allow exchange of ideas and advice between and amongst members and associates, promote networking and partnership development. For more information e-mail: info@ncrf.org.za

Friday, May 12, 2006

The 2nd Annual SangoNet ICTs Conference

The Southern African NGO Network (SangoNet) held its second Annual Information & Communications Technologies (ICTs) Conference on 7 - 9 March 2006. Representatives from various non-governmental organisations attended the event to discuss the latest trends in technology and opportunities that civil society organisations can take advantage of to strengthen their marketing and fundraising drives – using ICTs.

Deputy Minister of Communications, Roy Padayachie was the keynote speaker. In his talk clarifying the national development priorities for ICTs in South Africa, he urged civil society organisations to be pro-active and participate in the national strategy development processes.

Speakers included:
Aynon Doyle, Senior Manager: Broadcasting Policy Development and Research at ICASA
Nhlanhla Mabaso, Open Source Centre Manager at the Meraka Institute
Potlaki Maine, National Technology Officer at Microsoft South Africa
Alan Levin, Chairperson of the Internet Society of South Africa

SANGONeT also hosted the first-ever South African NGO Web Awards during the conference. The awards aim is to raise awareness amongst South African NGOs about the benefits of having a web presence, stimulate interest in the application of web solutions and applications, and showcase best practices in website creation and maintenance.

Congratulations are in order to one NCRF associate member, IDASA for getting recognition for its newly-renovated website.

RESOURCE:
To view the recoding of the keynote address, click on this SANGONeT website link:
http://www.knowledgedoc.co.za/SANGONET/128/video.htm

To view conference pictures, click on this SANGONeT website: link: http://sangonet.org.za/conference2006/gallery/index.html

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