NEMISA is in the process of becoming the iKamva Digital Skills Institute . This is an integration of three entities, NEMISA, the e-Skills Institute (e-SI) and the Institute for Satellite and Software Applications (ISSA).
- NEMISA is a non-profit education institution that trains previously-disadvantaged individuals. Its original focus was developing skills in TV, radio and broadcasting. With the growth of digital technologies, this focus broadened to include skills that fall within digital content production.
- The e-SI is a branch at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Its aim is to enable the e-skilling of South Africa – to train digital skills for the world of technology. It has been building provincial CoLabs and creating training programmes, among other things.
- ISSA is a directorate at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. It offered postgraduate qualifications in engineering and information and communication technology.
NEMISA develops e-skills capacity in South Africa by creating a partnership framework that guides e-skills initiatives.
The world today is driven by technology. Modern digital technology continues to increase in capacity, mobility, affordability and accessibility. Other significant advances include the convergence of different types of technologies into one device (such as audio, video, calls etc. in a mobile phone).
Affect all areas of life: Digital technologies (also known as information and communication technologies – ICTs) affect all sectors of business, education and government, as well as individuals in all walks of life.
Addressing national challenges: Digital technologies have become fundamental to approaches for addressing socio-economic equity, development and sustainability. Dealing with the challenges of poverty and inequality, building an inclusive economy, and establishing a capable and developmental state has partly become dependent on society across the full socio-economic spectrum – appropriating modern ICTs.
Addressing global challenges: ICTs provide an unprecedented opportunity to add socio-economic value to local communities, as well as to contribute to global competitiveness, economic growth and sustainable development.
Digital skills fundamental to ICT ecosystem: ICTs do not stand alone. They exist in an ecosystem where the ability to use the technologies effectively (digital skills and e-astuteness) is as important as the infrastructure and services.
Digital skills for inclusion: By developing and enhancing digital skills and e-astuteness, all South Africans will be able to participate more equitably in a societal environment increasingly dominated by modern ICTs. This is particularly relevant for groups at risk of socio-economic exclusion, including the previously disadvantaged, elderly, unemployed, marginalised youth, women, and people not in employment,
education or training (NEETs).
South Africa not e-ready for the Digital Economy and Information Society. Being ranked at 67th position in the 2018 Global Competitive report of the World Economic Forum http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2018/#, this shows that South Africa is still not ready (e-ready) for full inclusion into the emerging Digital Economy and Information Society. With ICT adoption South Africa is ranked 85th and 116th on digital skills.
The need to develop e-skills is recognised in national policies, such as: