Telkom takes Net to rural schools

Johannesburg, 03 Mar 2005
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As part of the Telkom Foundation`s Adopt-a-Project programme, two top-level Telkom officials have adopted schools in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, giving them computers with Internet connectivity.

The Adopt-a-Project programme allows management to apply their time and skills to deserving projects, as well as supporting the national agenda of bridging the digital divide.

Thami Magazi, Telkom`s managing executive for consumer markets, has adopted the Lamplough senior secondary school in Butterworth, donating 20 computers with Internet connectivity, a server and a printer.

Nombulelo Moholi, chief sales and marketing officer, donated a computer and a printer for administration purposes, as well as curriculum-based books to three rural schools in the Eastern Cape.

Moholi chose to adopt schools in the Eastern Cape as educational needs in that province were more acute. She said she was still shocked at the lack of infrastructure when visiting such schools.

"I hope that by adopting these institutions, I can contribute to inculcating a culture of reading among learners, and send a message to all and sundry with roots in rural schools to plough back into their communities," she said.

Moholi also pledged to monitor the progress at her adopted institutions and assist in school fund-raising projects in future.

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