Professor Njabulo S Ndebele
The MTN SA Foundation Strategic Development Plan 2014-2016 progressed steadily with new learnings and insights which have significantly enriched the way we work. Our mission to utilise innovative information and communication technologies to empower our communities grows from strength to strength.
The foundation has three main focus areas across all nine provinces. These areas were identified based on needs and where we could deliver the greatest social impact.
As a technology driven company, our focus in education will always be the provision of information and communication technology. I am happy to report that we have succeeded in meeting our education targets.
Our programmes, which address growth and sustainability in education, are concentrated in three areas:
- Empowering and equipping teachers by training and mentoring them in computer skills
- Supporting the implementation of a digital curriculum to assist the Departments of Education in moving to a streamlined or paperless classroom strategy
- Making ICT accessible to all learners no matter their backgrounds or locations
Community and Enterprise Development
Our ICT centres are orientated towards enhancing life skills and enabling the broader community where we have invested. On-site facilitators promote and support ICT training, helping community members acquire computer skills and access information that can lead to future employment.
Enterprise development remains a critical area of hope for growing South Africa's economy by creating employment. Our programmes and partnerships with institutions of higher learning create opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to be trained in how to build profitable and sustainable businesses.
Our Special Projects remain a vehicle through which we celebrate the human spirit. Staff volunteerism remains at the core of these projects and allows staff to get involved with their communities. We have a number of projects and initiatives throughout the year, with 21 Days of Y'ello Care remaining our flagship programme. The number of projects and volunteer numbers have increased, building on the stronghold that this project has gained over the years.