Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams hands over a cyber-lab

MAY 26, 2015

Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on Friday made learning at Ngangolwandle High School in Elliotdale, near Mthatha, much more exciting by handing over 25 desktop computers, among other things. The Deputy Minister is on a campaign to make IT fashionable to rural schools.

The hand over was made possible through various partnerships, with Landbank donating 25 desktop computers and Vodacom donating a Mindset Learn Broadcasting Appliance and tele/fax modem to the value of over R97 400.

The tools are expected to improve teaching and learning in this previously disadvantaged school.  

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams handed over the Information and Communication Technologies in line with the National Broadband Policy of 2013 that seeks to ensure that South Africa connects by creating opportunities and ensuring inclusion in schools, health facilities and public sector facilities.

In terms of this policy, all schools should have access to broadband at a speed of 10 Megabytes per second by 2020.

MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane also donated seedlings and an agricultural starter pack to the school.

The Eastern Cape AIDS Council is supporting the school in dealing with various social ills faced by learners working with Soul City and Lovelife.

Two tablets were also donated to the school principal and deputy school principal as a token of appreciation for the hard work they do in driving the school to the right direction.

School Principal Wisizwi Billie appreciated the efforts made by Department of Communications in partnership with the private sector.

He said the computers would assist in providing tremendous exposure for learners, academically and otherwise.

– SAnews.gov.za

Image: Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams experiment with students during the handover of a cyber-lab at Ngangolwandle High School in the Eastern Cape. (Photo: GCIS)