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Knowledge Management Day 2-The learning continues
The City in partnership with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) hosted day-two of the highly informative Knowledge Management (KM) Learning Exchange session at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg Dr Kelvin Joseph Bwalya delivered an informative talk saying that if South Africa wants to be a recognized centre for KM, the private and public sectors must share information to build on its knowledge database. 

Bwalya said if knowledge isn’t shared, innovation suffers. He said: “The emerging 4IR can have negative and positive impact, it will disrupt the jobs of many South African and a skills gap will exist. Thus, KM as an initiative will assist in ensuring that the skills gap created by the 4IR is bridged through continuous transferring of knowledge to individuals who have lost jobs in order for them to participate in the new emerging era.” 

The Global Knowledge Index identifies knowledge as an integral part of human development. Knowledge must be combined with good strategy and strong dynamic capabilities to capture value.
The KM vision for South Africa is to improve the quality of skills development and innovation, build the capacities of the country in order to play a developmental and transformative role and to devise strategies that will tackle unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Representing the South African Bureau of Standards Mmakgabo Maheya stated that some organisation and KM practitioners are doing it better than others-but there is no consistency, predictability and sustainability of the impact of a KM approach.

Maheya said: “A case in point is when a Minister is removed from office or redeployed to another department, policy implementation gets stalled if not scraped altogether; again pointing to the lack of proper handover –an area that knowledge managers should add value. In both instances, there is a clear gap in the management systems which frustrates the overall objectives of the country.”

The Municipal Institute of Learning (Mile) Senior Manager Fezile Njokweni said that the success of local government depends on good knowledge leadership that understands the timeless value of knowledge where individuals and the organisations are responsive and effective players in a growing knowledge economy. Njokweni praised the City’s leadership for investing in structures to promote KM. He added that Mile is internationally recognized as a learning centre that has provided much needed guidance to other African countries.

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