Microsoft's Secondary PC programme has received a boost in South Africa, with six local computer refurbishment partners having joined it.
By participating in the programme – part of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential initiative – Bridgeport Technical Services, Device South Africa, Just PCs, Mico South Africa, Pax Computers and Sylvara Technologies will be able to provide customers with full PC solutions at competitive prices.
The solutions include genuine Microsoft software, access to software updates and downloads and the peace of mind that comes with a six-month warranty, after-sales support and a recycling option for the PCs when they reach the end of their useful life.
"There is a significant market for refurbished PCs in households and small businesses in South Africa," says Mteto Nyati, MD of Microsoft SA.
It is estimated that tens of millions of still-usable computers are discarded each year by businesses, individuals and organisations around the world. The reuse of computers through donation, refurbishment or resale therefore offers "tremendous promise" for digital inclusion, adds Nyati.
"We believe that by encouraging the availability and support of affordable secondary PCs in South Africa, we can provide the technology resources that ultimately improve the community's ICT skills, create jobs and accelerate economic competitiveness."
The Secondary PC programme will also help refurbishers grow their business by providing marketing support and access to tools that simplify Windows XP deployment on refurbished PCs, including software activation and meeting secure data standards. Two of Microsoft's partners are upbeat about the programme's expansion.