South Africa collaborates with China to grow ICT skills


Huawei South Africa and the country’s department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) confirmed that a number of South African students are heading to a ICT-focused study trip in China. The students part of a Huawei’s CSR flagship initiative, Seeds For The Future.

DTPS and Huawei South Africa held their annual send off ceremony for the ten university students who are heading to the multinational techfirm in China.

Seeds for the future was established in 2016 and is supported by the Chinese Embassy. According to IT News Africa, the programme is aimed at popularising communication technologies and knowledge, developing ICT professionals and increasing education opportunities.

“Connectivity is the key driver for inclusive, sustainable social and economic development, and one of the key challenges facing the ICT sector in South Africa and many other countries, is the need for a large pool of skilled ICT professionals,” says Huawei CEO, Spawn Fan.

The Huawei CEO said that it is the duty of major players in ICT, the government and the private sector to ensure that South Africans see to benefit from opportunities that connectivity brings.

South African Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, DR Siyabonga Cwele said that “the Fourth Industrial Revolution will change how we interact and how people access government services. This means that we need to align our education to this reality. We need to consider training at an early age in schooling.”

Source: IT News Africa

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