Stella Ndabeni-AbrahamsMinister of Communications and Digital Technologies at Republic of South Africa
Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, responsible for executive oversight over the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies.
The Minister is well versed on issues pertaining to ICT convergence and digital transformation, understanding that for South Africa to appropriately position itself for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), skills development and capacity building for the youth, entrepreneurs, government employees and citizens must be at the helm of all interventions.
To this end, the Minister has been at the forefront of “Building a Capable 4IR Army.” As the then Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, she led the launch of the 4IR Skills Forum, an initiative that seeks to harmonise efforts of all stakeholders in the sector towards building a capable 4IR army.
Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams also catapulted the use of technology in schools based in rural and peri-urban areas. She played a pivotal role that resulted in the 2013 amendment of mobile operators’ license obligations by communications regulator, ICASA, thus ensuring that at least 4500 rural schools receive cyber labs equipped with laptops/tablets, internet connectivity, educational software and printing facilities.