Tectonic: Why is the Deputy President Signing Deals with Microsoft?

“Ballmer is apparently here to sign a memorandum of
understanding with the Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and
the Universal Services Agency (USA). It is a deal in which
Microsoft is committing to give software to telecentres and
community centres in poor areas, and assist them with training (the
specifics of the deal are not that clear and Tectonic didn’t get
invited to the signing so we have to rely on what we’ve gleaned
from a few reliable sources.)

“So why is this important…?”