From the editor's desk

Good to be back

Service editor, Lindsay King
Lindsay King

When I said to you two issues ago: “Farewell – but not goodbye!”, little did I know that I’d be back editing this publication so soon. Recent change in my life has brought with it a lot of ‘challenges’ – and Service magazine is surely not one of them. In my career it has been one of my favourite and most enjoyable magazines to edit.

Why? You might wonder. For a number of reasons, I reply. Firstly because you, as readers from the various municipalities and private institutions in the field, have been phenomenal and instrumental when it came to securing outstanding and solid content. Since I took over the magazine for the first time a year and a half ago, my mailbox was always overflowing with requests to feature in the magazine, and even in my short absence, these emails never stopped. My requests to all of you have always been met with enthusiasm and a willingness to help. This truly reflects the passion in the sector – and working with passionate people is always a huge bonus!

It is also because of this attitude that my team and I could proudly produce this magazine, which we believe has an important role to play in the Local Government sphere. 

So it’s business as usual as we plough ahead in our quest to be the best Local Government magazine in South Africa.

As far as this issue goes, you will notice a strong focus on municipalities in the Gauteng Province and I can truly say, despite some negative publicity around Local Government in the media, it is encouraging to see, and be able to showcase, the good work and successful projects within Local Government in the province (and across South Africa).

There’s just so much happening – it excites me to think what we can yet achieve if we maintain this positive attitude.

And finally – one of my ultimate favourites on the Local Government diary: GovTech, the annual government technology conference hosted by the State IT Agency (SITA), is upon us. Although last year’s conference in Durban was a huge success, newly appointed SITA CEO, Sithembiso Freeman Nomvalo, says this year’s event (from 20 to 23 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre) themed ‘Innovation-Technology for 21st Century Government’, will raise the bar even higher.

This year’s discussions will aim to explore the myriad of ways in which emerging technologies like cloud computing, mobile devices and social media can be deployed to improve service delivery across all spheres of government. Hear, Hear!

GovTech 2013 will also serve as the foundation for next year’s discussion on an ICT empowered government, and is in my humble opinion, a must to attend for all Service readers affected by ICT – and considering that very few of us can truly say we that IT does not affect our daily lives, that’s pretty much all of you.

Looking forward to seeing you at GovTech 2013 later this month!

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