Original publish date – Sun, 15 Feb 2009 14:22:36 +0000, Keith

Reports are that the ICT charter has missed its deadline again. I continue to wonder why industries continue to have charters. So far no charter has been finalised – some are quite far down the line, but none has maded it to the final gazetting stage.

The transport charter is a huge document – they have created sub-charters for every industry within the tranport industry – even including forwarding and clearing!

All it has done is delayed the process, and given  some good business to consultants and lawyers. We ourselves have been involved in the legal charter – but we told them their charter will never be gazetted if they are going to change the definitions. In the end they published it as a “social charter”, hoping to get law firms to adopt it, but realising that the codes of good practise should be used instead.

Now, 2 years later theICT charter is still not ready, and unlikely to ever be finished – sounds a bit like the IT industry – they never seem to finish any program they start! Yes, a bit harsh, since I was in the IT industry for many years before starting EconoServ in 2000.