Tech, book boost for Chintsa
TO PROVIDE access to the internet, communication technology, and books for about 5,000 socially and economically disadvantaged children, youth, and adults, the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre is now offering a computer hub and book exchange.
The centre, which was launched last year, also offers basic computer literacy, online maths programmes, applications for employment opportunities, as well as further education and bursaries.
Operations manager Cath Andersson said the centre is a partnership initiative between African Angels Trust, Friends of Chintsa, community members, and the Great Kei Municipality.
The centre is managed by a board consisting of Chintsa residents Honey Pakamile and Zingisile Ngamntwini; a representative from locally elected non-political leadership body Sanco, Siphiwo Gwavu, as well as a representative of African Angels Trust, Lou Billet.
“The idea behind the centre was initially to provide internet access to the Chintsa community and surrounding areas,” Andersson said.
“However, we have found that those who use it the most are pupils after school and during school holidays.
“To reduce our environmental impact and increase our power autonomy, we are also aiming to install a solar power system. We have already secured solar panels, batteries, roof sheeting and trusses at cost.
“The resulting covered space in between the two containers will also allow for a sheltered meeting and training space. We are also aiming to connect to Eskom as a backup and install guttering and tanks for rainwater harvesting,” Andersson said.
She counted Express Petroleum as a major funder of the centre.
“Our major supporter to date has been Express Petroleum who has funded most of the current infrastructure and laptops. Vodacom, through their Change the World (CTW) initiative, are also going to be a key funder until October this year.
Computer literacy and information technology graduate Ndwekazi Batyi is employed on a full-time basis at the hub to provide support and training.
CYBER WONDERS: The Chintsa East Community Learning Centre offers a computer hub and book exchange to the Chintsa community