In reply to W.H. Ashley's posting of May 30th, you wrote:
>Since Africa, therefore, belongs to us all, I hope that we will see an end
>the exploitation of Africa by IT professionals from Europe and the USA.
>These professionals come here for a limited time, charge enormous rates,
>fail to do any kind of skills transfer and then leave. The Africans are
>in no position to maintain the product. Once the product fails, there are
>only two options: pay through the neck to get the USA or European
>experts to do the necessary maintenance or let the product fall into disuse.
>Either way, its big money down the sewer.
>(PS. Don't get all hot under the collar. The above message was written
>with tongue firmly in cheek.)
No need to point out the precise location of your tongue at the time of yout
r posting because you do make some relevant and interesting points,
particularly about the track record of foreign IT professionals in Africa. I
would be curious to know of more specific examples of failed expectations in
IT projects in South Africa. I ask because I am considering a move to South
Africa and would dearly love the opportunity to make a reasonably comfortable
living as well as contribute in improving computer skills and literacy there.
Any advice is welcomed.