Enabling literacy for an inclusive and sustainable society

Johannesburg, 09 Sep 2016
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South Africa is currently grappling with many socioeconomic and environmental issues that are at times out of its control. The country's incredibly low level of literacy is however a matter that can be tackled through dedication and commitment from various parties, and not just by schools.

International Literacy Day (2016).
International Literacy Day (2016).

It is estimated that 60% of children in the country cannot read at even a basic level at the end of Grade 4, as reported by the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University based on research conducted by its socioeconomic policy group. Not only that, a study by the Central Connecticut State University shows that South Africa is ranked as one of the most illiterate countries in the world, listed at number 56 out of 60 countries.

With this picture in view and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day (2016), Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor for converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology has raised books, valued at over R500 000, targeting foundation phase learners (ages five to 10) for 'Literacy for Life', a provider of educational writing and reading aids to disadvantaged schools.

Lynne McCarthy.
Lynne McCarthy.

"We believe in investing in the future of South Africa's youth as they are our future business decision-makers. As a technology company, we take to market strategic solutions that safeguard and structure the future of business and we hope that our efforts will make a positive impact, however small, in the custodians of generations to come," comments Lynne McCarthy, PR and marketing executive at Networks Unlimited.

"We appreciate all the help we have received from F5 Networks, Fortinet, Mellanox Technologies, Three6Five, Angels' Hands Charity Foundation SA, Let's look Publishers, Shuter & Shooter, Oxford University Press and CUM Books in making this campaign such a success. And we welcome any additional contributions in the future."

Networks Unlimited is still seeking some assistance with collecting and delivering the books to the schools in need. For more information on the campaign and should you wish to participate, please contact Lynne McCarthy on +27 (0) 11 202 8400 /

Networks Unlimited

Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Aruba Networks, Fortinet, F5, Mellanox, ProLabs, Riverbed, RSA, Rubrik, SimpliVity and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, WiFi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.

Networks Unlimited complies with the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines as a Level 4 Contributor.

Editorial contacts
icomm Debbie Sielemann (+27) 082 414 4633
Networks Unlimited Lynne McCarthy (+27) 011 202 8400
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