Dell opens new academy

The Dell SA Development Fund (DDF) was established to create literate and connected communities through education, supporting developing businesses, and investing in the community. This has seen the IT giant benefitting many South Africans with a percentage of every rand going towards local initiatives.

“We believe that in order for a company to thrive, it has to make a positive difference in the countries it operates in and the communities it serves. In fact, the DDF was created in the belief that improving social conditions is the best way to cultivate strong business conditions,” says Clerrene Bhabha, who provides support for the DDF.

Earlier this year, Dell announced the launch of the Khulisa Academy. It will open in 2016 in partnership with the department of trade and industry and the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).

Spotlight on skills development

The academy will comprise Grade 12 learners and graduates. Students will receive market-related salaries while studying and are guaranteed employment once their courses are completed. In addition, at least 10 students will be supported in the start-up of their own businesses during the period they are studying.

The academy stakeholders will be split 50% between genders and there will be an overall 75% black representation.

Basic level courses required by all students will gradually be accredited through the academy while specialist courses will be offered by various service providers. Once its accreditation is in place, the academy will be able to offer services to the wider market, which will result in income-generation opportunities beyond the funding it is currently receiving from Dell.

“There is limited awareness of HPC and careers within the ICT sector, which Dell hopes to bridge with this programme. The brand development, collateral, and marketing material will be developed by a professional team in line with the international Dell brand guideline,” says Bhabha.

She says that the primary objective behind this marketing is to incentivise quality entries to the programme. The current Dell internship and graduate sponsorship programme will be used as guideline to source participants.

“The establishment of the Khulisa Academy is informed by several interventions. The main one is the history of transformation of the company and how it aligns to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. Secondly, the strategic partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the CHPC has provided a proven track record of the impact that technology has on the lives of the youth,” concludes Bhabha.

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


ConCourt settles the law on the public protector and interim...

The Constitutional Court said it welcomed robust debate but criticised the populist rhetoric in the battle between Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Minister Pravin Gordhan

Where is the deputy president?

David Mabuza is hard at work — it’s just not taking place in the public eye. The rumblings and discussion in the ANC are about factions in the ruling party, succession and ousting him

Press Releases

Covid-19 and Back to School Webinar

If our educators can take care of themselves, they can take care of the children they teach

5G technology is the future

Besides a healthcare problem Covid-19 is also a data issue and 5G technology, with its lightning speed, can help to curb its spread

JTI off to court for tobacco ban: Government not listening to industry or consumers

The tobacco ban places 109 000 jobs and 179 000 wholesalers and retailers at risk — including the livelihood of emerging farmers

Holistic Financial Planning for Professionals Webinar

Our lives are constantly in flux, so it makes sense that your financial planning must be reviewed frequently — preferably on an annual basis

Undeterred by Covid-19 pandemic, China and Africa hold hands, building a community of a shared future for mankind

It is clear that building a community with a shared future for all mankind has become a more pressing task than ever before

Wills, Estate Administration and Succession Planning Webinar

Capital Legacy has had no slowdown in lockdown regarding turnaround with clients, in storing or retrieving wills and in answering their questions

Call for Expression of Interest: Training supply and needs assessment to support the energy transition in South Africa

GIZ invites eligible and professional companies with local presence in South Africa to participate in this tender to support the energy transition

Obituary: Mohammed Tikly

His legacy will live on in the vision he shared for a brighter more socially just future, in which racism and discrimination are things of the past

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday