Social Responsibility
 
Adapt IT has a long track record of investing in the upliftment of disadvantaged South African communities and remains committed to continuing with this practice through its sustainable finance practices and policy of extending the impact of projects to embrace more beneficiaries. However, recently the focus of the company’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) has shifted from small once-off initiatives to large longer term ones that are sustainable and provide greater benefits for disadvantaged South African communities.

In 2016 Adapt IT became involved with the Adopt-a-School Foundation and donated R1,2m to the programme with a specific intent of this being applied to school ICT programmes across the country.

The Adopt-a-School Foundation was established in 2002 by a group of concerned individuals including Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr James Motlatsi. The Foundation strives to address the inequalities and inadequacies in rural and disadvantaged schools, in order to ensure positive learning experiences which will lead to greater opportunities for South Africa’s youth. Over the last ten years Adopt-a-School has inspired both businesses and individuals in the private sector to invest effectively in education in South Africa through their Whole School Development model.

Adopt-a-School Achievements since 2002:

 
  • 3 new schools built
  • 560+ facilities built
  • 8000+ temporary jobs created
  • 734 000 + learners have benefitted from the foundation
  • 600+ schools have been adopted
  • 1140+ small businesses supported
  • 5600+ educators and school governing bodies have benefitted from curriculum development
  • 4000+ Grade 1 and Grade 4 Learners have benefitted from the literacy intervention programme
These are impressive statistics and Adapt IT proudly supports the Adopt-a-School programme.

Adapt IT Knowledge Centre

AdaptITKnowledgeCentre.jpgZwakele primary school in Amaoti

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.
 
Preferential Procurement
 

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.