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2020 - Collaboration between UNISA, British High Commission and Communication and Digital Technologies



Collaborators from left: Prof E Kritzinger, R Kaliszewski, Dr K Pillay, T Jordan, A Chadwick and K Mtwazi

The Cyber Safety Awareness Community Project within the School of Computing has joined forces with the British High Commission Pretoria and Department of Communication and Digital     Technologies to address cyber safety awareness within South African schools. The steering committee consists of Prof E Kritzinger within the School of Computing at University of South Africa   (UNISA). Prof E Kritzinger is the project leader for cyber safety awareness within the College Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) and focuses on improving cyber safety knowledge and   skills within communities and schools. Dr K Pillay is Chief Director at the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies with a vision to ensure that cyber culturalization is at the   foreground within South Africa. Khopotso Mtwazi (from the British High Commission Pretoria), is the Manager for the Digital Access Programme aimed to catalyse affordable, inclusive, safe and   secure digital access for marginalised communities in South Africa. The British High Commission Pretoria as enabled by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is committed to support the South   African steering committee to implement a vision to improve cyber safety awareness among all school learners. Collaborators from left: Prof E Kritzinger, R Kaliszewski, Dr K Pillay, T Jordan, A   Chadwick and K Mtwazi

The steering committee has the mandate to establish and grow a cyber safety culture within South African schools to ensure that all school learners have the required cyber safety knowledge and   skills to protect themselves in cyber space. The steering committee will create and distribute cyber safety awareness material to South African schools (with translations in a number of South African languages).

The first meeting of the steering committee was held on the 29 January 2020 with all three partners of the steering committee as well as the Head of Cyber Prosperity at the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, directing the UK's Digital Access: Trust and Resilience programme, (T Jordan), Head of the Africa Cyber Network (British High Commission, Nairobi) and UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, Cyber Diplomacy representative, R Kaliszewski.