By SANGONeT JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 29 June 2004
In March 2003 the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) launched Thetha – the SANGONeT ICT Discussion Forum. This initiative aims to provide civil society organisations (CSOs) with an opportunity to discuss information communication technology (ICT) issues of common concern and to learn from one another’s experiences. The forums focus specifically on the ICT challenges facing the CSO sector, highlighting and promoting practical benefits, opportunities and lessons learned to date.
Given the success and positive feedback received in response to previous Thetha forums, SANGONeT co-hosted its fourth provincial Thetha on Monday, 28 June 2004, in the Northern Cape Province and the fifth forum on 29 June 2004, in the Free State province.
Participants were introduced to various inputs from government, business and the CSO sector, highlighting various ICT policy and development issues. Specific attention was also be given to the activities and initiatives of various CSOs involved in ICT issues.
SANGONeT has been providing networking, information and training services to Southern African CSOs since its inception in 1987 and is a member of APC since the early 1990s. SANGONeT’s mission is to be a facilitator in the effective and empowering use of ICTs by development and social justice actors in Africa.