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Title: Questioning the pace and pathway of e-government development in Africa: a case study of South Africa’s Cape Gateway project
Authors: Maumbe, Blessing Mukabeta 
Owei, Vesper T. 
Alexander, Helen 
Keywords: e-Government;Development;South Africa;Cape Gateway project
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Maumbe, B.M., Owei, V. & Alexander, H. (2008). Questioning the pace and pathway of e-government development in Africa: a case study of South Africa’s Cape Gateway project. Government Information Quarterly, 25(4): 757–777
Abstract: The paper examines e-government development in Africa. This study is based on the Cape Gateway project in South Africa, a leading e-government initiative on the continent. We observe that African countries have jumped on the e-government band wagon by looking mostly at the benefits without a clear risk assessment. We argue that African countries should question the pace and pathway for their e-government programs. We caution that e-government models from developed countries do not necessarily work in Africa. E-government programs in Africa should be balanced with the provision of basic needs and infrastructure. We conclude that e-government in South Africa should adopt multi-cultural approaches, and must be underpinned by national development priorities. We recommend that the Cape Gateway must address the socio-economic context and needs of the country. The pace and pathway of its e-government must depend on the availability of both financial and human resources and also user satisfaction.
ISSN: 0740-624X
Appears in Collections:FID - Journal Articles (DHET subsidised)

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