Sentech hosted ICT learners from the University of Pretoria and the Central Johannesburg College, at Johannesburg's famous landmark the Sentech Tower, to celebrate World Information Society Day yesterday (17 May). 

As an exclusive group, the learners gained exposure to the backbone of South Africa's radio and television signal distributor while gaining insight into Sentech's core business. To add value to their learning, the day's programme raised awareness on the exciting possibilities that information communications technologies (ICTs) bring to South Africa in bridging the digital divide.
Sentech is committed to creating an interaction between learners and the ICT industry and therefore funds research in the field of Broadband Wireless Multimedia Communications (BWMC) under the Sentech Chair at the Pretoria University.  The main aim of the Chair is to promote relevant BWMC research education in the field of electronic engineering while contributing to the country's engineering skills shortage particularly in the field of wireless technology.
 "Through our relationship with the University of Pretoria we are increasing the interaction between industry and academic institutions and encourage other ICT entities to do the same. We are proud to be able to offer students a practical experience, adding a vital dimension to the theoretical learning," says Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane, CEO of Sentech.
"With the excitement of the 2010 Soccer World Cup drawing closer, we recognise the strategic importance of our role in telecommunications.
"Access to ICT remains one of the key challenges in reaching the needs of under serviced communities. Events like the World Information Society Day, assists in raising awareness of these challenges," Mokone-Matabane adds.