British IT for SA township.


Three years after the end of apartheid in South Africa, there have been few improvements in employment prospects for many black people, and little to relieve the grinding poverty in the townships in which they live. In the black and coloured townships around the town of Welkom, few people have a job, but it is here that a British company has chosen to try and teach the unemployed information technology skills in order to get them into work.

The Bernie Grant Communal IT centre was officially opened in May 1997, attended by the Tottenham MP after whom the centre was named. It was the brainchild of black British businessman Dr Kwamen Kubweza, and jointly funded by private business, the local government and British aid. It acts as a community resource centre to train unemployed adults and local school teachers, who in...

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