20 November 2013, SKA South Africa Office, Carnarvon, South Africa – The Department of Science and Technology and SKA South Africa unveiled yesterday two community initiatives that will provide exciting new ICT solutions and learning resources to this remote Karoo region. These initiatives have been made possible by generous donations and corporate social investments by the SKA SA’s industry partners.
An e-Schools initiative and a community knowledge centre were officially launched yesterday (19 November 2013) by South Africa’s science and technology minister, Mr Derek Hanekom, accompanied by the premier of the Northern Cape Province, Ms Sylvia Lucas, as well as the provincial MEC for education, Ms Grizelda Cjiekella.
“We are deeply grateful for and appreciative of the generous support we have received from the private sector,” said the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom. “This support will enable the community to participate in the SKA initiative and will certainly bring about improvements in the lives of the local people. We look forward to seeing more and more learners benefit from this initiative and, in future, work on the SKA project itself as engineers, technicians and scientists.”
The industry partners are represented at yesterday’s event by Mr Alfie Hamid (CISCO regional manager of corporate affairs, Sub Saharan Africa); Ms Videsha Proothveerajh (Intel South Africa country manager) and Mr Ahmed Ismael (director at SIYAFUNDA Community Technology Centre). Local dignitaries, including several mayors, councillors and headmasters from the region, were participating in the event. Several thousand residents from Carnarvon and surroundings towns attended an imbizo that also took place yesterday.
More details on the e-school initiative and the Community Knowledge Centre are available here
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