Huawei South Africa CEO, Spawn Fan receiving the Digital Innovator Award from Broadband Infraco non-executive director, Zandi Kabini.

HUAWEI South Africa is the winner of this year’s Digital Innovator Award.

The tech giant scooped the prestigious award at The State IT Agency’s (SITA) Digital Public Service Awards ceremony in Durban this week.

Among the attendees were Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni and her Deputy Philly Mapulane, as well as industry CEOs, government ministers from four African countries, and officials from the International Telecommunications Union.

The 14th Annual GovTech Conference, under the theme ‘Reshaping the citizen experience through enhanced service delivery’, is the leading South African ICT event focusing on public sector ICT service delivery.

The Conference brings together the Government and ICT industry to connect, learn, share, and collaborate.

The highlight of the conference was the SITA Digital Public Service Awards gala dinner where the annual public service awardees were recognised for excellence in their use of technology in South Africa’s public service.

The Digital Innovator Award recognises outstanding innovation and IT product development in the ICT Sector.

Huawei was recognised for its new methods, ideas and products that have accelerated digital transformation in the country.

It was also recognised for having supported IT innovation skills in the sector.

Huawei South Africa CEO Spawn Fan outlined how digital technologies can stimulate economic development and improve service delivery.

“In Huawei’s view, connectivity and computing are the cornerstones of the digital economy,” he said. “The convergence of connectivity and computing will change industries and government, in critical areas like education, and healthcare to create new value for society,” he said at the awards gala dinner.

He also outlined Huawei’s efforts to support innovation, not just as a hardware and solution provider, but as an investor in the entire ICT ecosystem.

This includes a commitment to industry partnerships, supporting SMMEs and building and retaining an ICT talent pipeline for South Africa.

“Digitalisation is never achieved overnight,” Fan said.

“A large number of technology enterprises are required to participate and a wide range of ICT talents are required to support the sustainable development of digitalisation.”