The ICT Sector: the complexity of definitions
The relatively new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is made up of the manufacturing and services sectors whose main activities are linked to development, production, commercialisation, and intensive use of new technology. This sector is the fastest-growing sector within South Africa, however, there does exist a scarcity of participation of Black female-owned entities. The Amended ICT Sector draft codes were gazetted on the 27th of October 2015 and, subsequently, the finalized Amended Sector Code was published in the Government Gazette on the 7th of November 2016. However, the most alarming fact about the Amended ICT Codes is that a lack of definition exists within it. Hence, in the areas where the Amended ICT sector is silent, we refer to the DTI Codes. This has sparked several debates as the DTI (Amended Codes of Good Practice) were again amended on the 31st of May 2019. A few examples of areas in contention include:
- The SDF calculation
- The absorption definition
- The 2.5% learnership indicator
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