The Cabinet has approved a policy and strategy to implement free and open source software (Foss) in government departments, government communications head Themba Maseko said on Thursday.
"All new software developed for or by the government will be based on open standards and government will itself migrate current software to Foss," he told a media briefing at Parliament following Wednesday's Cabinet meeting.
This strategy would lower administration costs and enhance local information technology skills. The Cabinet noted that all major IT vendors in the country had supported the initiative and made contributions to developing Foss, he said.
Government departments would now incorporate Foss in their planning programmes.
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