Education benefits on Mandela DayWednesday, July 18, 2018
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Its main focus is the roll out of broadband network infrastructure across the province, but it has also been closely involved over the past two years with bringing four schools into the ICT age.
As an integral part of the society and the global community ARH initiated the Impumelelo project, which focuses on delivering integrated solutions with the intention of uprooting social ills and preparing for industry 4.0.
On #MandelaDay this year, ARH spent the day at its three adopted schools for 2018.
As part of this project, a new ICT laboratory and renovated ablution facilities were unveiled at the Mohlakeng Primary School in Randfontein. The school’s new administration centre – also sponsored by ARH – is currently being built.
The day’s events also included a career expo at Lukhanyo Secondary School, where ARH, Khulisa Academy, AME Technologies and the UJ initiative – Resolution Circle showcased different technologies to the learners.
Representing Altron at the event was CE Mteto Nyati and Brett Nash, the MD of ARH. eGovernment MEC Barbara Creecy, whose department has to fulfil the province’s eGovernment mandate, officiated on behalf of the province.
The work at Mohlakeng Primary School is part of the more than R4 million ARH has invested in ICT labs. The other three labs, one each at Badirile Secondary School in Carletonville, AB Phokompe Secondary School and Phandulwazi Primary School in Randfontein, were handed over in 2017
While going through the different showcases, MEC of Finance- Barbara Creecy shared with those that were present that a friend of hers often says, “to find the needle, one has to build a hay stack”. Talent, skills and pure genius cannot be found where there is no initiative. She urged for more maths and science support in high schools.
In his address at the handover event, Mteto Nyati said that Altron knew it had to be relevant in the areas where it operated. It achieved this by understanding the challenges communities faced, and then using the company’s capabilities and technology to help address those challenges.
He told the learners that it was education that got him where he is today, and he encouraged learners to look after the ICT lab equipment so that those following them could also benefit from it.
“Thank you for allowing Altron to do what it loves the most, which is to partner with government in changing the lives of the people of South Africa,” concluded Mteto.