Submitted by Nomty Gaba from SchoolNet
This is an Impact Story from the Pinetown Vodacom ICT Resource Centre showing how training in computer skills can greatly influence a person’s life. SchoolNet manages the Vodacom ICT Resource Centres for Vodacom.
Zamokuhle Buthelezi, a volunteer at the Pinetown Vodacom ICT Resource Centre and a Cisco trainer, says that the centre has had a great impact on his life. He started volunteering at the centre in March 2012 and in April 2013 he was nominated by the Pinetown Vodacom Centre manager to attend the two week long Cisco training course in Port Elizabeth. Since attending the training, Zamo has been using the skills that he acquired throughout Pinetown with a special focus on Tshelimnyama as this is his home town. Zamo has also been offering computer skills training at no cost to the Sakhisizwe Home Project as he is a member of this organisation. Zamo does not charge the people of iTshelimnyama for training but he does charge for computer repairs.
Zamo boasts that the IT Cisco Academy improved his computer skills in a big way and he is committed to sharing his skills with the community. Zamo is a trainer for soft skills and also conducts basic computer skills training at the Vodacom ICT Resource Centre as well as being responsible for marketing the centre to his community. He is also involved in the community project called Youth in IT and is responsible for providing training in essential IT skills for this project.
Zamo has fixed a number of computers since receiving Cisco training, but is especially proud of repairing Mr Mdunge’s desktop which other technical people had been unable to repair. He was also able to rectify the problem with the COMMOS settings on Mr Sibalukhulu’s desktop computer. Zamokuhle smiles when he talks about Siyabonga, another young person who is now helping him train the community, who Zamo helped to mentor. He also mentions how he enjoys running the SchoolNet Sizanani ICT for Community Members course and thinks that he may be able to charge for running this course as a small business opportunity.
Zamo is looking forward to the KwaZulu-Natal Vodacom ICT Resource Centre reopening in its new location and says he will be conducting Cisco Essentials Training once the move is complete. Currently he is promoting the course which will be offered at no cost to participants. Mrs Lindiwe Dlamini, the Centre Manager of the Vodacom ICT Resource Centre says Zamo is a very humble person and always willing to learn new skills. She has no doubt that companies will be interested in employing him.
SchoolNet SA and the Vodacom Foundation are proud of Zamokuhle Buthelezi’s journey. Well done!