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Fourth Knowledge Management sessions kicks off

Municipal Institute of Learning hosted its fourth Knowledge Management (KM) Learning Exchange, to discuss strategies and best practises on how inclusive transformation knowledge management can improve service delivery in the country.

Over 14 speakers will be attending the three-day seminar which started today at the city’s iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium.

On behalf of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Senior Manager for Information and Database - Maphuti Leta said that the learning exchange is relevant and necessary to South Africa’s current knowledge economy and therefore COGTA is proud to have fully funded the event.

Leta said: “There is a link between knowledge and people because knowledge and skills reside within us. Knowledge is a precious currency and at COGTA we believe that platforms like this will enable knowledge practitioners to develop, share and distribute knowledge that will help us tackle service delivery issues.” 

EThekwini’s Chief Learning Officer Dr Mpilo Ngubane agreed with Leta saying that the learning exchange re-affirms eThekwini Municipality’s commitment to local government’s priority to serve the people.

He said that the sessions will provide practical guidance for the delivery of KM programmes in alignment with frameworks, strategies, policies and plans that govern municipalities. “One of the main objectives at the City is to position ourselves as an international centre of learning.

KM is the foundation of everything we do but the implementation of KM is slow. However we hope that through the ideas, insights and experiences shared here we find ways to accelerate this.”stated Ngubane.

Speaking of the fourth industrial revolution which was described as the new dawn of all technologies fused together through cyber technology, Akhona Damane Manager of Digital Advantage at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said that this is a new chapter in human development, enabled by extraordinary technology advances from the first, second, and third industrial Revolutions.

Damane said: “It is the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies such as Robotics, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence are changing the way we live and work. The Fourth Industrial Revolution advances are merging the physical, digital and biological worlds in ways that create both huge promise.”

Over the next three days KM practitioners will use this platform to address such burning realities and strengthen the collaboration between all stakeholders, from traditional leadership, knowledge holders and communities.

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