Rabelani Dagada

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Rabelani Dagada
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Member of Mayoral Committee for Finance at the City of Johannesburg
In office
26 August 2016 – 15 January 2018
Personal details
Born (1971-07-23) 23 July 1971 (age 47)
Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyDemocratic Alliance (February 2011 to July 2018)
Alma materUniversity of South Africa, University of Johannesburg, University of the Witwatersrand, UCL Institute of Education
ProfessionAcademic, Policy Analyst, Politician
Academic career
FieldDigital Economy, Political Economy
InfluencesBruce Schneier, Alvin Toffler, Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Klaus Schwab, Moeletsi Mbeki, Walter Eucken, Jan Eloff, Patrick Bond, RW Johnson
Contributions
Information security conceptual implementation model · Digital commerce governance theory
Awards

Rabelani Dagada is a South African author, professor, development economist, and politician based in Johannesburg. Dagada also served as a Policy Fellow at the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR).[1][2][3] His academic career spans four South African universities; these include the Wits Business School, University of Johannesburg, University of South Africa, and Vaal University of Technology. Dagada's research focuses on aspects of political economy including [4] Information and Communications Technology,[5] manufacturing, agriculture, and finance.

In 2014, Dagada became a municipal councillor for the main opposition Democratic Alliance at the City of Johannesburg.[6] Following the opposition victory in the 2016 local elections, he was appointed mayoral committee member (MMC) for finance in the new city government.[7][8][9][10][11]

Early life and education[edit]

Dagada was born in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg, South Africa on 23 July 1971, but spent most of his childhood and youth in Venda, Limpopo province.[12] He holds a Masters of Education in Computer-based Education from the University of Johannesburg, a Masters of Commerce in Information Systems from the University of the Witwatersrand and PhD in Information Systems from the University of South Africa.[13] Dagada obtained a Certificate in Online Education & Training from the UCL Institute of Education.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Dagada has occupied positions in academia, politics, and corporate South Africa.[16]

Dagada has published opinion pieces in various South African newspapers and publications including The Star,[17][18][19][20] Sowetan,[21][22] Sunday Independent,[23][24][25] City Press,[26] Business Day[27][28][29][30] ITWeb,[31][32][33][34][35][36] Financial Mail,[37][38][39] and Focus (journal of the Helen Suzman Foundation).[40]

Politics[edit]

Dagada was on the list of parliamentary candidates for the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, ahead of the 2014 general elections, but was not elected.[41] He was elected to the Johannesburg City Council as a PR councillor for the DA in June the same year.[42]

Dagada was interviewed by a Democratic Alliance panel on 15 January 2016, as one of two final candidates to stand as the party's City of Johannesburg Mayoral Candidate for the 2016 local government elections. Businessman and Black Like Me founder Herman Mashaba was the other candidate interviewed and was announced as the preferred candidate by the party on 16 January 2016.[43] When the opposition parties won the election, however, Dagada was given the position as MMC of finance in the new city government by new mayor Mashaba. The African National Congress, which previously governed the city, criticised his appointment, citing Dagada's views on Israel and membership of AfriForum.[44] Dagada was removed as MMC of Finance by Mashaba on 15 January 2018. He subsequently resigned as PR Councillor and DA member on 11 July 2018.[45][46][47]

Awards[edit]

Dagada is the inaugural Winner of 2008 ICT Visionary Award[48] presented on 5 November 2008 by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA) in association with ITWeb, The Gordon Institute of Business Science and Gartner Africa.[49]

On 12 November 2015, Dagada was presented with the IITPSA Fellowship award in recognition for his "extraordinary contribution to the Institute and the ICT profession through selfless service by bestowing the honour of being a Fellow of the Institute".[50]

Books and book chapters[edit]

  • Dagada, R. 2009. Time, Space and Pace: Computer-Integrated Education in Corporate South Africa.[51] Pretoria: Unisa.
  • Dagada, R. Mukmwevho, S. & Schofield, A. 2011. Telecommunication Revolution in a Developmental State: South Africa Becomes and ICT Phenomenon.[52] New York City: Raider Publishing International.
  • Dagada, R & Carmichael, T. 2011. The impact of the South African Information and Communications Technology policy to entrepreneurship. Technopreneurship (Boris Urban, Ed.)[53] Cape Town: Pearson
  • Chigona, A. & Dagada, R. (2012). Academics' ICT Capabilities in a New Educational Paradigm in Developing Countries: A Capability Approach.[54] In: Patel, K.K. and Vij, S. Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies Hershey: IGI Global

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joburg's new finance MMC a reluctant politician". 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Black females struggle more than men to find jobs". 12 October 2016.
  3. ^ "The rich are not the problem". Politics Web. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Fringes and partings". Press Reader. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Faculty". Wits Business School. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  6. ^ Dagada, Rabelani (8 December 2014). "Senior Managers in City of Joburg Can't Do As They Wish". SA Breaking News. Retrieved 22 August 2016. Dagada is the Democratic Alliance PR Councillor at the City of Johannesburg
  7. ^ "Mayor Mashaba appoints academics and activists". 26 August 2016.
  8. ^ "'Diverse' mayoral committee surprised with appointment". Randburg Sun. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Radio Islam". Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Joburg mayor announces 'diverse' team". ENCA.
  11. ^ "Mashaba appoints professionals in Jo'burg executive". The Citizen.
  12. ^ "Rabelani Dagada Profile".
  13. ^ Rabelani, Dagada. "MMC of Finance at the City of Johannesburg". Who's Who of Southern Africa. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Powerpoint Presentation" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Alumni US | UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom". alumnius.net. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  16. ^ Rabelani, Dagada. "MMC of Finance at the City of Johannesburg". Who's Who of Southern Africa. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle ignores the ethos of technological convergence | IOL Business Report". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Too many cooks spoil policy broth in Zuma's cabinet | IOL Business Report". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  19. ^ "DA promises growth if elected in Gauteng | The Star". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Political circumcision opens portals to leading the ANC | Sunday Independent". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  21. ^ "City of Joburg offering deal to those who battle to pay". Sowetan Live.
  22. ^ "The demons of tribal arrogance". Sowetan Live.
  23. ^ "Political circumcision opens portals to leading the ANC". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Industrial espionage is ripping off SA firms". Sunday Independent.
  25. ^ "DA promises growth if elected in Gauteng". Sunday Independent.
  26. ^ "Bantu education was better – academic". City Press.
  27. ^ "SA should adopt the Bekker model of CEO pay". Business Day. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  28. ^ "On My Mind: Catching the cybercrooks". 3 June 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Joburg on a path of fiscal consolidation". 30 January 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  30. ^ "City of Joburg aims to boost its coffers with an innovative policy". 31 August 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  31. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Anti-competitive behaviour leaves scars". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  32. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "A shopper's paradise". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  33. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Mobile money stalls in SA". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  34. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Prevention better than cure". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  35. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Local banks fight back". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  36. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Digital banking bandits abound". ITWeb Technology News. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  37. ^ "African bourses fail to take stock of inherent divisions of economy". 9 March 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  38. ^ "What the downgrades mean for Johannesburg and its economy". 15 April 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  39. ^ "Smart cities a catalyst for social and economic development". 8 June 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  40. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Employing ICT to Leapfrog the South African Economy into the Fourth Wave". Helen Suzman Foundation. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  41. ^ "DA list of candidates for 2014 provincial and national elections - DOCUMENTS | Politicsweb". www.politicsweb.co.za. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  42. ^ Rabelani, Dagada. "MMC of Finance at the City of Johannesburg". Who's Who of Southern Africa. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  43. ^ Quintal, Genevieve (16 January 2016). "Herman Mashaba announced as DA's Joburg mayoral candidate". news24.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  44. ^ "DA's controversial appointment". Independent Online. 30 August 2016.
  45. ^ CLAUDI, MAILOVICH. "Joburg former finance official Dagada quits the DA, threatens to sue Mashaba". Business Day. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  46. ^ "LETTER: Probe pins nothing on me". Business Day. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  47. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "I'm resigning from the DA - Rabelani Dagada". politicsweb. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  48. ^ Rabelani, Dagada. "SA`s top IT people named". ITWeb. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  49. ^ "Vote for IT Personality, Visionary CIO". ITWeb.
  50. ^ "Celebrations at IITPSA President's Awards".
  51. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Time, Space and Pace: Computer-Integrated Education in Corporate South Africa". Unisa Press.
  52. ^ Dagada, Rabelani. "Telecommunication Revolution in a Developmental State: South Africa Becomes and ICT Phenomenon". Raider Publishing International.
  53. ^ Urban, Boris. The impact of the South African Information and Communications Technology policy to entrepreneurship. Pearson. ISBN 9780796225894.
  54. ^ Patel, Kanubhai K. Sanjaykumar Vij (ed.). Enterprise Resource Planning Models for the Education Sector: Applications and Methodologies. Hershey PA: Information Science Reference. ISBN 9781466621930.