By Farzana Rasool, ITWeb IT in Government Editor.
Johannesburg, 31 Aug 2012
The Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (USAASA) aimed to rollout more than 280 telecentres since 2006, but to date only managed to achieve just over half of this, even though millions have been spent.
Responding to a question in the National Assembly earlier this month, communications minister Dina Pule said to date USAASA had 160 centres deployed.
Of the 160 established centres so far, only 96 are operational. This is due to, among other reasons, obsolete equipment, centres burnt down during service delivery protests, vandalism, stolen equipment, disintegrated management structures, failure to pay service providers, part of the buildings being used as taverns and incomplete centres.