Computers for Africa team works miracles again

Terry Heaviside and his team from Computers for Africa recently made their annual trip to the Zimele community computer schools.

Now a computer school in Mtubatuba area!

Terry and his team’s July visit to Mtubatuba saw the installation of the area’s first computer school! The ISIGQI SEMBOKODO Computer School was formed by the 5 Clusters of the uMkhanyakude District. The school will be governed by a committee of two Cluster members from each of the 5 founding groups, bringing a total of 10 to the various roles of the schools governing body.

They are currently being mentored in operations and specifics required to run an effective school. Interviews are underway to appoint a teacher to train the ICDL course outline and the standard of applicants in the area has been fantastic!
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Pictured above we see the preparations underway for the venue the school will use; the electric supply was successfully installed to ensure each machine would have plug points.

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Next we see the women using what they have in terms of furniture to get the school up and running and a Mtuba computer commitee member with part of the CFA team.

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Above we see Zimele Field Trainer Nolungiso with all the women who arrived to welcome Terry and his team as they installed the computers. So began the process of unloading boxes of computers!

The festive atmosphere soon had the women singing for joy as everyone came together to help with set up and installation!

Pictured below are the excited Mamas with the electronic equipment!

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In true Mtuba entrepreneurial fashion, the women made sure no one goes hungry while another earns a small income.  Pictured below is Thembi selling peanut packs; another Mama does her Zimele craft work while she waits.


On the last day Terry and his team ran a workshop with the committee on basic computer operations. The women were excited to learn the skills and began to realize the potential possibilities the school could begin to bring to that area!  Once a teacher has been selected and trained the school will begin the process towards registering students to attend the first class!

Many thanks to all parties involved in once again turning a community’s dream into a reality!

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Report by: Kim McCall – Enterprise Development Programme.


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