Communications Minister congratulates Youth Awards winners

South Africa won two awards at the World Congress on Information Society Youth Awards held last week in Montreal, Canada.

October 30, 2012

South Africa won two awards at the World Congress on Information Society Youth Awards held last week in Montreal, Canada. Communications Minister Dina Pule extends her congratulations to the two South Africa winners.

With 7 out of the 18 winners coming from Africa, the Awards confirm the trend that Africa’s tech youth is number one in terms of e-content creation worldwide. The two winners from South Africa were Moraba and Funda. Moraba is a mobile game targeting young people that informs and mobilizes them against gender-based violence. Funda is an online program that puts together educational resources for students and teachers in South Africa.

The Department of Communications participated in the 18th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) through its international team. The Department and ICT manufacturing sector were part of this congress. The Department has active historical ties with these WCIT initiatives on behalf of South Africa to drive the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) agenda. The Department of Communications has worked towards creating a climate that is conducive for youngsters to flourish in the ICT sector.

The World Summit Youth Awards received over 1 200 applications from more than 120 countries around the world. The Awards focused on young people using the internet and mobile to put the United Nations Millennium Development Goals into action. The many different digital projects and initiatives were a driving force behind social entrepreneurship

For more information on the Youth Awards: http://youthaward.org/