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Making a difference​

Education through ICT has become the golden thread that runs through our entire strategy.

Education remained the core focus of the strategy & delivery and this continues to improve through lessons learnt and strategic partnerships. The Foundation has become highly skilled in delivering ICT in education to under resourced areas. This is largely due to the partnerships that we have with the government, NGO's and communities. Through these interactive partnerships we are perfecting our sustainable development mantra as we target the right areas and deliver the precise tools needed by the schools, communities and teachers. Growth in participation and interest in ICT education for learners with disabilities, continues to motivate us to do more. The needs in this area of education are vast and largely unfulfilled.

  • Schools connectivity programme

    Our experiences have taught us the importance of investing in end-to-end ICT interventions such as providing appropriate infrastructure, delivering electronic learning content and teacher development. The value of change management and innovation in the application of ICT solutions in resource-constrained settings has also been a major learning curve. This has led to the Foundation refining its model to facilitate easy access and adherence to comprehensive ICT solutions, thus ensuring that it is able to make lasting changes in the education sector.

    Aspects of the MTN SA Foundation's ICT/education model:

    • Functional ICT facilities at schools through which both learners and teachers have sufficient access to computers in a school environment.
    • Teacher training to ensure a basic understanding of computer applications applied in a school environment.
    • Content that aligns to the curriculum that is relevant and accessible to learners.
    • Catering for learners in the special needs education environment through specialised equipment and digitised content.
  • New World Teacher training programme

  • Digitisation of e-learning material

Community programmes that binds and facilitates economic growth

At MTN, we consider ourselves part of the communities we operate in. Our wellbeing and success is intertwined with theirs, which is why we are committed to the continued support of socio-economic development of disadvantaged communities in South Africa. Each initiative is aimed at enhancing the community's self-reliance.

  • Entrepreneurship Development Programme

    MTN SA Foundation has always been intent on establishing enabling environments that allow entrepreneurs as well as SMMEs to thrive within the communities they operate. The enterprise skills development programmes the Foundation is involved in, all support the Foundation's mission to develop entrepreneurs who have the right skill-set to grow their business, contribute to the growth of the economy and create much-needed jobs.

    The Foundation works with its partners to inspire an entrepreneurial culture and the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) for school-going youth, university students and SMME's. However, for SMMES to make a meaningful difference in the country's unemployment rate, they need effective support specifically focusing on business skills development and capacity building.

    School level

    • An entrepreneurial culture in South Africa's economic and social improvement is of the utmost importance, and the time to start dreaming and planning is at school level. MTN SA Foundation encourage young entrepreneur's (learners between grade 10 to 12) through the Step Up 2 a Start Up and SAGE South Africa programmes.

    University level

    • At a university level, the MTN Foundation has partnered with the international, non-profit organisation Enactus, to provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create sustainable community development projects thourgh the use of ICT solutions. The students acquire the skills, prespective that are essential to leadership in a fast-paced and ever-more challanging world.

    SMME level

    • In an extensive 12-month theory and practical business support course for Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises, (SMME's) MTN provides a platform to transform both the students as well as the lives of their communities as they gain skills to develop into more effective, values-driven leaders of tomorrow.

    • In partnership with Hodisang Dipeu Holdings and the University of Free State, the MTN SA Foundation implemented the Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) in Bloemfontein and the Accelerated Business Development Programme (ABDP) in partnership with Datacom Development Hub in Gauteng.

  • e-Health Training

  • Faces Places and Spaces Exhibition’s

    A Physical and virtual exhibition on portraiture, the natural environment and the built environment

    Inspired by unusual changes in contemporary society worldwide; MTN employees were invited to participate and contribute to the physical and virtual exhibition by submitting their own artworks in response to the theme of the exhibition. The conceptual underpinning focused on Faces (people in masks) places (built environment) and spaces (natural world and our relationship with it) during the long periods under lock down (an unnatural state)

    Ten creative submissions by MTNers have been selected to provide social commentary on human conditions and the environments they happen to live in, and these artworks have been included in the Faces, Places and Spaces exhibition where they are displayed alongside 30 artworks by established artists from the MTN Art Collection. .

    The physical exhibition has been installed at the MTN Innovation Centre link bridge gallery and the Phase 2, Level 2 Gallery and may be viewed until 28 February 2022.

    In keeping up with the latest trends and technology, you may also visit our virtual exhibition and gallery by simply clicking on the image below and moving your cursor in the direction you wish to move.

    Curated by Katlego Lefine from the MTN SA Foundation, the exhibition hosts the following ten artworks created by MTNers:

    • John van der Westhuizen (First Prize) Artwork: MTN Silent (Photograph)
    • Janse van Nieuwenhuizen (First Runner up) Artwork: Peace (Painting)
    • Iona Maclean (Second Runner up) , Artwork: Dragonfly (Pewter and Ink)

    Other MTNers who’s artwork has been included in the exhibition are: Pavan Atluri (Digital photograph), Unathi Majokweni (Sculpture), Uveshree Kinloch (Embroidery), Katleho Buthelezi (Digital drawing), Lynn Trickey (Painting), Leon Bradfield (Digital Photography) and Diane Grobler (Digital Photography).

  • Willem Boshoff’s Blind Alphabet

  • Voices of Women Museum 3D Virtual Tour

  • MTN Art collection

MTN SA Foundation has numerous ongoing projects and programmes that are carefully selected and structured to fit in with our purpose of offering sustainable solutions in the education, health and enterprise areas. However, every year there are initiatives that fall outside these focus areas which align with our values and position as a caring brand. These are our Special Projects, and they allow us to make a contribution to initiatives of national importance which benefit the broader community.

  • Access to School

    There can be no doubt that education and the access to it is one of the most important issues facing our generation. MTN SA Foundation has a particular interest in ensuring that South African students can study and learn in the most conducive atmosphere possible.

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to addressing the education needs of South Africa's vulnerable children, which is why MTN SA Foundation takes a holistic approach to our support of schools. Our School Shoes campaign is part of that approach. It targets needy and vulnerable learners in schools that have already benefitted from our Multi-media Centre programme. It is aimed at improving learners' attendance and access to schools by providing school shoes. This seemingly small gesture has a huge impact on their self-esteem and, of course, protects their feet from injury and infection.

    Since 2014, the MTN SA Foundation donated bicycles to the learners from rural areas, who need to travel over 10km to and from school. On top of that, the handover campaigns have helped us form strong and strategic partnerships with the Department of Social Development, Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, Department of Communications and Department of Education.

  • 21 Days of Y'ello Care - Staff volunteerism

  • Cross Country programme