Aptronics, one of South Africa’s foremost black empowered IT solutions providers, has shown its commitment to and support of education through continued community–building initiatives, including partnerships with local schools in the country to ensure that learners’ tuition fees are taken care of and by donating study materials.
The company is in its 10th year of paying students’ school fees in two schools, namely Shree Bharat Sharda Mandir (SBSM) School in Lenasia (for 10 pupils) and Sharon Lea Primary in Randburg (for 15 pupils). What’s more, Aptronics donates toys, food, blankets and computer equipment to three crèches in Zandspruit and an old age home in the area in celebration of Mandela Day and Christmas.
“Aptronics is a company that comes from humble beginnings. Started 20 years ago from my garage and with zero capital, we understand how far a little helping hand can go,” say Anil ‘Appie’ Pema, Aptronics’ CEO.
“Education is the cornerstone of South Africa’s future success and this is why we believe in being actively involved and playing our part wherever possible in this sector. By providing tangible assistance that builds a solid base for growth, students and parents are able to plot a course to achieving excellence in secondary and tertiary education.”
This is not just CSI for Aptronics, it’s the reality of the kind of support some of these communities need, says Estelle Erasmus, HR manager at Aptronics. “Our role is to ensure that these interventions make a real difference,” she says. “We monitor students through the year and also arrange a year-end party for the Sharon Lee students. It allows us to say thank for their hard work during the year, and to wish them well for their exams. It is really amazing to see the appreciation on these students faces.”
Sponsorship is carried out with input from the schools because Aptronics seeks to help those that will make the most of the opportunity. “Feedback from the schools ensures we are helping those who want to help themselves,” Erasmus says.
“We have been honoured to be involved in these projects for the past 10 years and have been made proud by the students and organisations supported. We vow to continue our engagement with these communities and others for as long as we feel we can make a notable difference,” concludes Pema.