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Computers donated to school

From left, acting executive business services for Sentech, Kopano Thage, Ward Councillor Silver Jantjie, deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize who demonstrates to Kgomotso Jack and other Grade 6 pupils of Radipeu Primary School how to use a laptop. Also pictured are acting Emfuleni Mayor Khulu Malindi, Nandi Motloung (principal) and Limakatso Matobako (educator). Photo: Lazarus ­Dithagiso.
From left, acting executive business services for Sentech, Kopano Thage, Ward Councillor Silver Jantjie, deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize who demonstrates to Kgomotso Jack and other Grade 6 pupils of Radipeu Primary School how to use a laptop. Also pictured are acting Emfuleni Mayor Khulu Malindi, Nandi Motloung (principal) and Limakatso Matobako (educator). Photo: Lazarus ­Dithagiso.

VANDERBIJLPARK. – May 17 marked the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union.
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union.
This was announced by Deputy Minister for Telecommunications, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. The minister, with the assistance of Avante led by Shaun Hathril and Kopano Thage Executive Business Services for Sentech, launched the computer laboratory at Radipeu Primary School recently.
The minister said, “We are raising our glasses high with the world and embracing the endless possibilities which broadband connectivity brings.”
The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.”
She encouraged children to make use of ITC and keep the equipment safe.
This year WTISD is celebrated under the theme ‘Telecommunications and ICT’s: Drivers of Innovation.’
Mkhize said the objective of the connection is to ensure that people are able to realise the benefits of broadband, necessary awareness, skills and relevant content and applications.
The policy has four pillars: Digital Readiness, Digital Development, Digital Future and Digital Opportunity. The digital future will serve communication needs in critical domains such as health, education, safety and security. This aggregated public demand could serve as an anchor tenant in the open access broadband network. “Connecting a school – connecting a village,” she said. “The points with which we connect the school today are the access points which will help the children and the community go beyond basics. No longer shall our children grow old without knowing what a computer looks like,” she elaborated.
Emfuleni acting Mayor Khulu Malindi appealed to parents to monitor and encourage their children to utilise the computers wisely. He thanked the deputy minister for bringing change to the lives of farm school pupils: “As the municipality we are going to upgrade the bad road leading to the school. It is the duty of the government to change the lives of the farms’ school children for the better.”
Speaking on how to tighten security Victor Thetha, district director of Sedibeng East, said they are aware of the rampant theft of computers at the schools. “We are increasing the security system,” he exclusively told Ster. “The school will have to make sure they don’t leave the computers on the premises if they are not sure about the security measures,” said Thetha.
Discussing the expansion of the building, he said the department is aware that, due to the increasing population of communities the school, which already caters for rural and urban children, more classrooms have to be built.
Acting Principal Nandi Motloung, on behalf of the learners, could not hide her excitement: “I am happy to see Suntech, the minister of Telecommunication and Emfuleni Local Municipality taking the school into consideration. It motivates both children and educators to realise that we are important as farm schools in the constitution of the ­country.”

From left, acting executive business services for Sentech, Kopano Thage, Ward Councillor Silver Jantjie, deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize who  demonstrates to Kgomotso Jack and other Grade 6 pupils of Radipeu Primary School how to use a laptop. Also pictured are acting Emfuleni Mayor Khulu Malindi, Nandi Motloung (principal) and Limakatso Matobako (educator). Photo: Lazarus ­Dithagiso.

From left, acting executive business services for Sentech, Kopano Thage, Ward Councillor Silver Jantjie, deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize who demonstrates to Kgomotso Jack and other Grade 6 pupils of Radipeu Primary School how to use a laptop. Also pictured are acting Emfuleni Mayor Khulu Malindi, Nandi Motloung (principal) and Limakatso Matobako (educator). Photo: Lazarus ­Dithagiso.

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