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South African leaders are doing a reasonably good job in developing innovation strategies

MUNICIPALITIES WELCOME and communicating them to help drive sustainable growth in their organisations.

This was one of the findings in the 2018-2019 State of Innovation Report presented by Paul Steenkamp at a twoday learning forum on the Municipal Innovation Maturity Index (MIMI), held in Cape Town on 23 – 24 October 2019.

Steenkamp is co-founder of the Creative Leadership Collective, which partnered with Stellenbosch University’s Business School on the report.

The MIMI forum was hosted by the Department of Science and Innovation and attended

by local government officials responsible for innovation and technology in municipalities across the country.

The department funded the development of MIMI,

a decision-support tool to measure how prepared local authorities are to deploy technology and innovation for better service delivery.

The tool was developed by the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, supported by the South Africa Local Government Association.

The State of Innovation Report gives a snapshot of where South Africa is in the development of an innovation ecosystem,

MUNICIPALITIES WELCOME and who forms part of this process in the corporate and broader organisational spaces.

 Steenkamp said that, despite the good strategies, innovation practices were generally immature, and it seemed as if the world was leaving South Africa behind.

The surge of innovation uptake is largely linear, prioritising scientific research as the basis of innovation

and downplaying the role of later players in the innovation process.

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