Cell C in partnership with, ZTE Corporation, New Age Holdings and the Department of Communications, today unveiled a fully-equipped computer lab donated to the newly-opened Diepsloot Primary School, as part of the Ministry’s special schools programme.
Officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni, the lab houses 10 of the latest Dell XPS desktop computers with core i7 processors and running windows server using NComputing on thin client.
Cell C has also included 12 months’ worth of free Internet connectivity to the school, which consists of 60GB of data for 12 months and a USB speedstick capable of speeds up to 21.6Mbps.
The computer lab will be used for basis Internet browsing, research for school projects, computer literacy training and school assignments.
In addition, Cell C has also donated 50 sets of school uniforms valued at R35,000 to the needy boy and girl learners.
“We are proud to be collaborating and engaging with the Communications Ministry on this great initiative aimed at developing our future leaders through ICT. We believe that by exposing learners to ICT and technology we are also positively contributing towards bridging the digital divide,” says Mothibi Ramusi, Executive Head: Regulatory Affairs.
“The department of Communications put out a call-to-action and we actioned – because we are the possibilities provider,” Ramusi concludes.
Tagged “Reclaiming our future through ICT”, the specials schools programme also aims to provide computers, internet connectivity and school uniforms to needy and underserviced schools.
Since Cell C launched its HSPA+ network coverage in September 2010, it has connected schools across the country through its schools connectivity programme.
“Cell C has urged the school administration body to integrate the lab programme with local community for buy-in and use. We believe this will culminate in sustained revenue generation,” echoed Ramusi.
Cell C is wholeheartedly behind government’s plan to bring 100% broadband coverage to South Africa by 2020. We are already more than halfway there with our own network and plan to have completed the 100% coverage mark well in advance of government’s deadline.