Minister of Department of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu Photo: Dumisani Dube

CAPE TOWN - The civic engagement platform - GovChat team has been invited to attend the 6th EU-Africa Business Forum on Monday, to discuss issues around digital economy.

GovChat enables the government to send messages to the public and receive service delivery related messaging in return at no cost.

The chat system is in partnership with the South African Local Government Association, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and Government Communication and Information Systems (GCIS).

The Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu wished the team well.

"We congratulate the GovChat team for their tremendous success, which demonstrates the high levels of social entrepreneurship that exist in our country," Zulu added.

Zulu said that GovChat sets out a good example of potential the South African youth holds when it comes to technology.


The acknowledgment by multilateral partners attests to vast opportunities that exist in the ICT sector.

According to a statement COGTA's Public Participation National Committee has requested that the project is rolled out in all provinces. 

In October 2016, GovChat was invited by AU Commission to represent South Africa and GCIS at the AU ICT Week in Abidjan.


The GovChat team says the platform is being developed to solve the challenges citizens have in interacting with government, and provide the government with data that will help in the provision of service delivery.