In 2013, Adapt IT launched its first Knowledge Centre at Zwakele Primary School in Amaoti, the largest informal settlement in KwaZulu-Natal. This centre serves as a computer facility for more than 1 400 learners and 45 educators. Using the success of the Zwakele Primary Knowledge Centre project as a blueprint, Adapt IT launched its second Knowledge Centre in 2014 at the Steve Tshwete Secondary School in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion. This Knowledge Centre serves as a state-of- the-art computer and Internet training facility for the school’s 990 learners and 33 educators. In 2015 a third Knowledge Centre at The Rusthof Secondary School in the Western Cape was opened. This will serve 1 129 learners and 39 employees at the school.
The computer labs are fully equipped computer and Internet training facilities comprising 40 – 50 computers, all installed with the necessary software and Internet connections. The facilities include an interactive whiteboard, printer and air-conditioning. To guarantee the sustainability of these projects Adapt IT funds a comprehensive and sustainable training programme for both the teachers and the learners. The Knowledge Centre environments were refurbished, which included painting, new blinds and electrical upgrades to ensure a safe and productive learner-friendly environment. Adapt IT’s investment of R1,6 million in three Knowledge Centre projects forms an integral part of our socio-economic and enterprise development strategy and will support long-term community development by encouraging the youth to embrace technology and give them the necessary skills to contribute to the ICT sector.
Incubation and Enterprise Development
Adapt IT believes in facilitating the development of sustainable businesses that will create jobs. Adapt IT has demonstrated its commitment to this process by providing opportunities to small business and new enterprises as well as assistance to small and medium enterprises. In 2015 Adapt IT invested in Uyandiswa Project Management Services (Pty) Ltd, a black woman owned business, through financial and non-financial support. The business is led by Amanda Dambuza, a very capable ICT professional and entrepreneur, who has leveraged the assistance enterprise development support to accelerate success of the business.
For over 10 years, Adapt IT has assisted emerging entrepreneurs through preferential procurement and training opportunities. We have engaged these small businesses in various projects. In agreement with our clients, they receive project management skills, preferential payment terms and business management.