By: Angie Nkuna
LIMPOPO- Barloworld Equipment continues to invest in and around Limpopo. Recently Mabotha Secondary School in the small village of Ga-Kibi near All Days outside Polokwane received a computer lab.
The lab was launched in 2016 in its first phase to address the dire need for IT infrastructure in low income and rural areas.
Access to technology is a barrier to entry by the poor and marginalised into South Africa’s mainstream economy.
The development of the lab resulted in the successful training of 15 teachers, learners and community members to use computers, internet, email usage and Microsoft productivity programs in the first phase.
The second phase saw the computer lab serving an important need in the community as an internet Café when it was not used by the school. This opened the opportunity to have the Internet Café as a self-sustainable entity run by the community with creating dependence on outside funding.
Samantha Swanepoel, Head Executive Marketing and Communications at Barloworld says they selected 10 unemployed youths to train them in a three-month programme covering digital literacy, teaching with technology, introduction to entrepreneurship, basic finance, management and marketing skills.
” The two top performing learners would be selected to run the internet café with a monthly stipend being paid by Barloworld Equipment.
“This will also see them being guided and mentored over a period of 12months to ensure success of the internet café business. The proceeds of the café will go towards the school and community initiatives,” concluded Swanepoel.