Sun Sep 21 16:07:52 SAST 2014

Push-button government

Nov 12, 2012 | AMOS MANANYETSO |

THIS week we talk to Blake Mosley-Lefatola, the custodian of government information and technology.

MODERNISING: Blake Mosley-Lefatola, CEO of the State Information Technology Agency. Picture supplied

 CEO heads government advance into IT age 

What do you do?

I am the CEO of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita).

What does your company do?

Sita exists as an answer to the growing shift from traditional, paper-based and cumbersome ways of doing business to utilising IT.

Sita is the backbone of government in as far as ICT (information communication tech- nology) is concerned.

We connect more than 7000 government departments through our next generation network and our vision is to integrate government systems so that we eliminate bureaucracy and modernise state operations.

What does a typical day at work entail?

My work is to ensure that all elements of this institution run smoothly.

My day could include anything from a full-day board or executive committee meeting to engaging on the organisation's strategic direction.

Essentially my day includes much reading, reviewing, influencing, engaging, talking, encouraging and decision-making.

But all in all, my role is to promote cohesion and ensure stability as we evolve Sita into a high-performance organisation that is held in high esteem by all our stakeholders.

What has been your highlight since joining Sita?

The most recent highlight is the difference we made in the life of unemployed Makopi Molepo, a BCom business information systems graduate.

He designed the Robalang Online Cemetery Management System that allows citizens to book burial space in municipal cemeteries online.

For that, Molepo was awarded R150000 and an internship at Sita.

What did you do before?

I was the CEO of the Gauteng Economic Development Agency.

What challenges do you face?

I joined Sita at a time of transition and transformation as the organisation had embarked on a turnaround. Change is never easy.

What do you like and dislike about your job?

I love that the work we champion at Sita changes and impacts positively on the daily lives of South Africans.

For example, the telemedicine project demonstrated the power of ICT in health care delivery and showed that rural patients can access specialist services from a remote location through telecommunications infrastructure.

My dislikes relate to negative, unprofessional behaviour at any and all levels.

What did you study?

I hold a BA degree in African political studies and industrial sociology and an Hons degree in industrial sociology, both from Wits University.

How do you balance work and family?

It's a daily challenge but I am committed to family while at the same time I recognise that my work is in service to my country and is also part of building a future for my family.

What advice do you have for young people who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Hard work and humility have never killed anyone. Always live today with tomorrow in mind... knowing that all decisions you make in the present are charting a path for the future.

mananyetsoa@sundayworld.co.za or Twitter @Mezosti

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