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ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector

ICT Spend in South Africa: Public Sector

As a result of the global economic crisis, governments have shifted the focus of their information and communication technologies (ICT) budgets and spend onto projects that do not require massive ICT spending such as the improvement of eAdministration and ePublic service initiatives.

In developed countries, ICT spend is purely focused on advancing infrastructure via public-private partnerships (PPPs) and developing eGovernment services to foster cooperation between the government, enterprises, and citizens.

In South Africa, however, ICT spend is more focused on updating IT hardware and data centres, and on supporting systems integration. Yet the biggest challenge that the country faces is deciding how to prioritise ICT spend when the improvement of other, perhaps more important, issues such as the health, education, and social welfare take precedence.

In 2014, ICT spend within the public sector was an estimated $􂀀 million and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 􂀀% during the 5-year forecast period, reaching $􂀀 million by 2019.

About this report

This research service provides an analysis of ICT spend by the public sector in South Africa. The objective of the study is to contextualize ICT investment within the sector across 7 categories: cellular connectivity, cloud services, data centres, fixed and non-cellular connectivity, IT hardware, managed services, and systems integration. The analysis includes an overview of the public sector, drivers and restraints, and technology trends driving investment in ICT, highlighting both the current and future spend from 2015 to 2019. The base year for analysis is 2014.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Research Overview
    • Research Aim and Objectives
    • Research Scope
  • Market Definitions
  • Overview of the Public Sector
    • Global Public Sector at a Glance
    • South Africa's Public Sector at a Glance
    • Overview of the Public Sector Communication Value Chain
  • Structure of the South African Public Sector
    • Structure of the South African Public Sector: Source of Income and Budget Distribution
  • ICT in the Public Sector
    • The Impact of ICT in the Economy
    • Overview of ICT in the Public Sector
    • ICT in the Public Sector Value Chain-Key Takeaways
    • Key Trends in eGovernment
    • Key Technologies Building Local eGovernment
  • ICT Spend in the Public Sector
    • Overview of Enterprise ICT Spend by Sector
    • ICT Spend in the Public Sector
    • ICT Spend in the Public Sector-5-year Forecast
    • ICT Spend in the Public Sector-Key Takeaways
  • Driver and Restraints
    • Market Drivers
    • Market Drivers Explained
    • Market Restraints
    • Market Restraints Explained
  • The Last Word
  • Appendix
    • Abbreviations
    • Structure of South Africa's Government
    • Structure of South Africa's Government-National Government
    • Structure of South Africa's Government-Provincial Government
    • Structure of South Africa's Government-Local Government
    • Government Departments
    • Government Departments Grouped into Clusters
    • ICT Spend in South Africa by Sector

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