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Nthabiseng Mosupye has been Appointed as the Chairperson of the Open Source Software

Posted on August 12th, 2009

ctNthabiseng Mosupye has been appointed as the Chairman of the Open Source Software
Standing Committee (OSS SC).This committee was previously known as the OSS
Workgroup within the Government Information Technology Officers Council.

She joined the GITOC in 2003 after taking the role of the Chief Information Officer at
the Department of Public Works. Having joined the Department’s IT Applications Unit in
2002, Mosupye previously worked for SAFIKA technologies as a consultant.
She possess a B.Sc. In Maths and Statistics degree , a Higher Diploma in Computer
Sciences from Wits University as well as an MBL from UNISA.

Mosupye’s role came at the time when her department has already advanced the
implementation of the asset register, built on an open source tool. DPW’s Asset register is
an initiative by the minister of Public Works who wanted to see interoperability in his
department. DPW complies with the Government-wide Immovable Asset Management
(GIAMA) policy which enables the Department to have a central management system of
its immovable assets. Although this asset register mainly serve DPW it also caters for its
provincial government down to the municipalities where the department pays its
municipal rates and taxes. The Western Cape Provincial department of Public Works
were the first to develope the Asset register tool, which was later acquired for the
National department for further enhancement and development.

On her appointment as the Chairperson of the Standing Committee Mosupye asserts that
FOSS (Free Open Source Software) readiness assessments which are currently done by
the FOSS Programme Office (FPO) and the implementation of FOSS in government
needs a broader plan. The FPO together with the OSS SC will facilitate government’
implementation of FOSS. Stakeholder engagement will be key. The aim is to mobilise
the GITOC as well as other role players in order to ensure uniformity and to lessen
resistance from change by other institutions. All government departments that have
implemented open source will be made partners for key projects. FPO and OSS SC will
identify few projects that can make a bigger impact.

It is imperative not to overlook the uniqueness of each Department while performing the
FOSS related projects. The OSS SC will ensure that these Departments employ
manageable OSS migration projects. “It is better to have 5 well managed successful
projects with great delivery success than 100 projects occurring inside the vacuum” says
Mosupye. The aim is to gather all the departments which have successfully implemented
FOSS in their units to identify the key projects which they are implementing FOSS.

The Open Source Standing Committee will also advise the FPO in gathering the open
source trends in the South African government. It will facilitate discussions, and oversee

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