Investing In Communities
 
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. The company continues to invest in larger longer-term initiatives that are sustainable and provide the most benefit for disadvantaged South African communities.

 

Adapt IT Knowledge Centre

An Adapt IT Knowledge centre was first established in 2013 with the opening of a facility in KwaZulu-Natal. This was followed by the launch of two more centres, one in Gauteng in 2014 and one in the Western Cape in 2015.

In 2016, the company entered a three-year commitment to the Adopt-a-School Foundation. The foundation was established in 2002 by Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr James Motlatsi. The core concept of the foundation’s model focuses on fostering a time-bound relationship between the school and the funder. The foundation conducts a detailed needs assessment and analysis in every school prior to adoption and presents the proposal to funders for consideration.

It assesses the infrastructure, skills and social needs in the school environment, through interviews and site visits. The foundation is responsible for monitoring the infrastructure development at the school. The school is responsible for the maintenance of all infrastructure development provided by the foundation.

AdaptITKnowledgeCentre.jpgZwakele primary school in Amaoti

The selected school for this year was Eketsang Secondary School. It was established in 1985, and situated in Katlehong Township outside Germiston under the Ekurhuleni District. It is classified as a high school with 1 202 learners in grades 8 to 12 with an average household income between R220 and R4 500 per month. The families depend on government grants, part-time employment from local supermarkets and some work in factories and companies around Germiston and Alberton.

 
 
TheAn amount of R1,2 million (2016: R1,2 million) was contributed to the Adopt-a-School foundation to be applied at the school for the establishment of a knowledge centre. This included a computer laboratory upgrade, educator and librarian training, and the provision of books.
 
Enterprise And Supplier Development
 

Adapt IT believes in facilitating the development of sustainable businesses that will create jobs. The company provides opportunities as well as assistance to a number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
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 Adapt IT’s assistance enterprise development support to accelerate the success of the business which will become independent from September 2017.
 
Preferential Procurement
 

Adapt IT has assisted emerging entrepreneurs for over a decade through preferential procurement and training opportunities. The organisation has engaged these small businesses in various projects. In agreement with our clients, these entrepreneurs receive project management skills, preferential payment terms and business management advice.