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South Africa Will Soon Have A Free and Accredited Domain Name System Industry Qualification

Dec 09, 2021 | AUTHO: Neo Ntabane

[Johannesburg, South Africa, September 21, 2021]: The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) and the Media Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) entered into a partnership agreement that will see accreditation of a formal skills development programme for the Domain Name System (DNS) industry.

The programme will allow aspiring DNS practitioners to gain knowledge and critical skills, which will enable learners to be absorbed by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or start their own business. ISPs are technology companies that offer domain name registration, hosting, and internet connectivity services.

According to Molehe Wesi, CEO of ZADNA, the DNS practitioner course will be first launched in the North West, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga provinces. The course will be offered for free to eligible South Africans.

The DNS practitioner course will capacitate learners with business management, domain name systems and web development skills. This is intended to be done in partnership with MICT SETA, SEDA and NYDA.

The partnership will enable ZADNA and MICT SETA to contribute towards the advancement of South Africa’s National Development Plan by producing skilled and employable candidates that are fit to enter the business world. The partnership will further contribute to the National Digital Economy Master Plan through the stimulation and development of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME).

The Acting-CEO of the MICT SETA, Mr Matome Madibana, says “It is our priority as the MICT SETA to forge strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the industry to fast-track the development of critical skills as demanded by the emergence of 4IR. Our partnership with .ZA Domain Name Authority will enable the MICT SETA to not only attain its set objectives and support SMME’s but ensure that the MICT SETA makes a positive impact in society by addressing the skills shortages in the sector”.

To further advance Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) research, ZADNA and MICT SETA will establish Research Chairs across higher education institutions. The Research Chairs will provide bursaries to Master’s degree and Philosophy degree students for actionable research that will focus on Internet Governance (IG) within the context of 4IR.

In response to this, Madibana said, “The MICT SETA has propelled the process of establishing 4IR research chairs at public universities to fund master’s and PhD students as a means to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity in public universities at the backdrop of 4IR. This will respond to the innovation competitiveness whilst addressing the skills, social and economic challenges in South Africa”.

Wesi says, “Although the research focus will be on 4IR, we intend to make it an interdisciplinary initiative for the Computer Science, Management and Law disciplines”.

 

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For more information, contact:

Angel Selebano on +2710 020 3910 or email: zadnamedia@zadna.org.za

Xabiso Matshikiza on +2711 207 2600 or email: xabiso.matshikiza@mict.org.za

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