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Mymoena Ismail



Ms Mymoena Ismail has a long history with developing e-skills human capacity in South Africa.

From 2010, she was Chief Director at the then-named Department of Communications’ e-Skills Institute. Her work included being part of the team that designed and implemented a national model for the development of e-skills human capacity in the country and to improve the country’s World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings.

The model focused on a national approach (across government, business, education and civil society). This is in order to develop South Africa’s e-skills, e-readiness and e-astuteness capacity to deliver more equitable prosperity and global competitiveness.

The work of the e-Skills Institute resulted in the concept launch of the Ikamva National e-Skills Institute (INeSI) in February 2014. This is the first national catalytic organisation in South Africa. The model was endorsed by the ITU (United Nation’s International Telecommunications Union) and recommended to 55 countries.

NEMISA moving towards iNeSI is responsible for the development of e-skills human capacity in South Africa. The distributed model was designed to impact against the National Development Plan, SA Connect and Outcome 5 of the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF).

Ms Ismail’s work included a leadership role for:

  • The establishment of 6 provincial collaborative e-skills knowledge production and coordination CoLabs. These are positioned across the country in association with higher education institutions. They provide a delivery structure for an integrated, coordinated and locally-driven (vertical and horizontal) approach to capacitate an inclusive developmental state.
  • The establishment of a national Research Network for e-skills.
  • The establishment of alignment and engagement with relevant international bodies at the planning and delivery levels. These include the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration with the national curriculum development and training working group. This is for developing a number of short courses, undergraduate and post graduate courses, and open and distance courses relevant to e-skills needs within the context of a developmental state.
  • The delivery of National Curriculum and Competency Framework policy document (NCCF).

In 2015, she was CEO at the Cape Digital Foundation. This is a not-for-profit and non-governmental agency that focuses on capitalising the development of digital infrastructure (broadband) as a means to bring about a connect economy.

“e-Skills efforts in South Africa need to be realigned. There needs to be a clearly defined alignment to ‘impact’ within the context of the National Development Plan (NDP-2030), MTSF and the Millennium Development Goals,” explains Ms Ismail.

She notes that South Africa needs to be positioned as a continental leader in e-skills development for strategic impact in the context of a developmental state.

Ms Ismail has a MCom Information Systems (University of the Western Cape) and is currently working towards her PhD.

2016 ICT Public Service Awards

Ms Mymoena Ismail received the following 2016 ICT Public Service Awards at Govtech 2016:

  • Women in ICT
  • ICT Public Service Contributor of the Year

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