Sita boosts staff for IT projects

The State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is currently in the process of filling 1,200 new job openings ahead of new IT projects, the company confirmed.

Sita is the organisation which co-ordinates IT resources for government, including procurement and delivery, as well as IT support.

Sita runs government transversal systems, including the payroll,  payment of bills and asset management, and hosts and maintains and support the National Population Register (NPR) and the HANIS (Home Affairs National Identification System).

SITA has connected more than 7,000 government institutions.

On Friday (23 November 2012), Cabinet approved a request for the entire Sita board to step down, while the company was under investigation by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).

Following the move, the company has been in the process of restructuring under a new board of directors, including Former Business Unity SA CEO, Jerry Vilakazi, as chairman.

According to Sita, the recruitment drive comes as part of the restructuring process at the company, and it will look at both internal and external candidates as part of the process.

The recruitment drive will bring Sita’s employee figure to 3,178, which will be part of future IT projects undertaken by the firm.

One of the biggest upcoming projects for Sita is a partnership with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to modernise its systems through the SAPS National Network Upgrade Program.

According to Sita, this is a three year programme aimed at improving public service delivery.

“Sita will be working with the South African Police Service on the modernisation of the SAPS Network Programme by redesigning the SAPS network to replace redundant infrastructure and cater for secure modern technology capabilities,” said SITA chief executive officer, Blake Mosley-Lefatola.

Other projects Sita will be engaging in is the development of 10 new automated and citizen centred government services in this financial year, the company said.

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