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Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

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Speaking in a keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning, Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on in developing IT locally.

Key challenges that he addressed were those of skills development, the shift from software as a product to a service and the desperate need to address the high cost of telecommunications.

Following is a summary of his talk:

Sustainable growth

"Our goal should always be sustainable economic growth," he emphasised, saying that technology was an easy area of economic growth in which to ensure sustainability. He stressed the importance of wealth creation over mere job creation, saying that what must be focused on is those strategies that focus on wealth creation and improve people's quality of life."

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