Newly-opened Vexospark Tzaneen digital college to bridge the digital divide

Communications and Digital Technology Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, says the digital college at Lenyenye township, outside Tzaneen in Limpopo, will help improve the digital divide in the country. 

The college, the first of its kind in the province, is aimed at teaching young rural communities digital technology, such as coding and robotics

One of the children we found is building a robotic car that uses sensors. 12–year–old Anderson Sibanda from Lenyenye Primary School, says, “My name is Anderson Sibanda. When I grow up I want to be an IT specialist. Right now, I am creating a robotic car. It’s a car that uses batteries as electricity.” 

Other unemployed young people from villages around Lenyenye are also learning about things such as cybersecurity and digital project management. 

“I come from Ga-Maake. I am learning at Cisco Networking Academy, which will be able to equip me with technology. It is going to help me to find jobs and to pursue my career,” says one youth. 

“I am Nosike Shai from Pharare Village. I am studying Project Management and will help me to find a job.”

A representative of the Belgium Embassy in South Africa, Dr Geraldine Reymenants says the South African economic challenges can also be solved by supporting small business enterprises investing in the digital economy.  

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