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allAfrica.com: Africa Should Use Open Source, Says Minister

Oct 31, 2002, 11:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lucas Ledwaba)

"In the context of limited financial resources, Africa should investigate how to better use the opportunities presented by the emergence of open source software, [South African] Public Service and Administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said yesterday.

"Speaking at the opening of the e-Africa Workshop at Caesars in Gauteng, she said the high costs of information and communications technology (ICT) goods and services forced such an approach.

"'The cost of ICT goods and services is astronomically high, owing to these being primarily developed in the West and therefore being sold in volatile foreign currencies...'"

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