T-Systems empowers the Emalahleni community

Donations of laptops, software and training to NGO's

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T-Systems in South Africa is empowering the community of Emalahleni, near Witbank, Mpumalanga, with the donation of 38 laptops including software, accessories and training, to 19 local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). This Corporate Social Investment (CSI) venture forms part of T-Systems’ ASGISA (Accelerated Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa) commitments around the building of the Kusile power plant in the Emalahleni region.

ASGISA is a national initiative supported by key groups in the local economy, including businesses such as T-Systems. The programme is aimed at empowering local communities and trying to reduce unemployment and poverty. As part of the Kusile P22 project, Eskom identified 19 NGO’s in the region in need of support.

Says Gert Schoonbee, Managing Director at T-Systems in South Africa, “As a major supplier of Eskom, we are proud to be a part of the Kusile P22 initiative. Furthermore, it is aligned perfectly with our own focus on skills development, empowerment and the creation of sustainable business success.  Donating equipment will actively assist these NGO’s with crucial technology.”

To ensure they receive maximum value from the solutions, T-Systems will provide full training on the equipment donated.

“Technology is critical in bridging the digital divide and in creating and growing sustainable businesses in the local economy. We are privileged to have this opportunity to provide access to technology for the NGO’s, but to also empower their staff with skills and training that will enable people to become skilled resources for the future,” adds Schoonbee.

“We at T-Systems are passionate about skills development and community empowerment, and the ethos of working together to achieve sustainable economic growth is embedded in our organisation. For many organisations, CSI is simply part of the mandate of a project, but for us it is a chance to make a real and lasting impression on the communities we work in. We thank the T-Systems Kusile P22 Project Team for their effort on this CSI Project,” he concludes.

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