Eastern Cape Premier, Hon. Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane – MPL, wil, on Friday the 11th of June 2021, join the Minister for Communications, Hon. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams – MP, in opening the first Innovation and Digital Skills Centre in Mthatha.

The digital learning hub is a partnership between the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, digital technologies company, Liquid Intelligent Technologies South Africa and the national Department of Communications.

The digital center will serve as a technology hub where learners and entrepreneurs can equip themselves with the latest and most relevant digital skills, in line with government’s priority to empower youth and communities with digital skills.

The centre will also offer courses such as;
Microsoft Office Fundamentals: In this training course, learners will learn basic Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
Introduction to Design Thinking: This course will introduce learners to the Design Thinking process and illustrate best practices for each step along the way.

Introduction to C#: This is part of a three-part course where learners will be taken through the fundamentals, programming concepts and instructions on data structures and algorithms.

Members of the media are cordially invited to join Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams and Premier Mabuyane as follows;

Venue: 49 Leeds Road, Second Floor, Metropolitan Place, Mthatha, Eastern Cape
Date: Friday, 11 May 2021 Time: 12h30

Liquid Intelligent Technologies has established a strong footprint in education development, particularly through the innovation and technology spaces, in the Eastern Cape.

As part of their commitment to fostering innovation and building digital skills in the province, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has implemented learnership programmes for 93 students in the Eastern Cape covering ICT.
They have also awarded 20 bursaries to students through the Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu Universities for the 2020 Academic year.

To date, 140 underprivileged students benefitted from bursaries to leading tertiary institutions; 811 learnerships and internships have been implemented in various courses for learners, including those with disabilities.
Fifty (50) unemployed youth were trained on Introduction to Programming, 630 mainstream schools and 20 learners with disabilities benefitted from ICT equipment and expos, while 389 learners went through The Virtual Mathematician maths and science schools in the Eastern Cape.

Premier Mabuyane will also be handing over cheques to beneficiaries of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government’s initiative, to support youth entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, through the Isiqalo Youth Fund.
The fund, which was previously located in the provincial department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), but had since been shifted to the Office of the Premier as of the 1st of April 2021, is expected to open for additional invitations for applications for funding from the 20th of June 2021.

The Office of the Premier will soon be embarking on an awareness drive, across various media platforms, to increase awareness among prospective youth entrepreneur beneficiaries, across the Eastern Cape in this regard.

The ISIQALO Youth Fund benefeciaries that will be recognized in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipality are as follows;

Mbeje Landscaping- Grass cutting & Landscaping- R R368 739
Zukiseka Trading- Grass cutting & Landscaping- R164 578
Bask & Sons – 3@1 Franchise- R1 406 267
Amila Wood Making- Manufacturing- R196 378,00

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