The Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa (PWMSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bytes People Solutions to train young women in ICT in six municipalities. Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, deputy minister of health, and Dr Madelise Grobler, MD of Bytes People Solutions, signed the MoU at a gala function at the Tshwane Academy for Leadership and Management.
Bytes People Solutions, a company in the Bytes Technology Group, wholly owned by JSE-listed Altron, has a long-standing track record of diverse ICT training. With more than 800 people a year passing through its portals, 59% of them are women.
To give effect to the training, Bytes People Solutions secured funding from the MICT Seta to train women from six district municipalities. Dr Ramokgopa is also a working committee member of the PWMSA, and convener of the Gauteng Chapter. The training began in the Tshwane district in July 2011.
“As a group, Bytes and as a company, Bytes People Solutions celebrates the role women play in the world,” says Dr Grobler. “Our memorandum with Progressive Women’s Movement gives effect to our belief that women should have the right, opportunity and access to excel.
“In every sense, ICT can help people fulfil their potential. It can give anyone, anywhere, a platform to grow, and we are proud to be part of this development.”
A learner, Matsepo Makgoba, says the training has “removed the darkness when it comes to the ICT world”. She says “I didn’t even know how to open a laptop prior to the training”.
She thanked the PWMSA, Bytes People Solutions and her fellow learners for their support and encouragement.
Dr Ramokgopa inspired attendees with her speech. She urged them to “be visionary, be long-term focused. Where there is a will, there is a way”, she insists, adding: “thank people while they are still alive”.
“Women need to become economically empowered and part of the mainstream,” says Ramokgopa. “ICT bridges the digital divide, the economic divide as well as the generational divide. ICT is critical for global competitiveness. Young women are not an island. They are judged by world standards. This training for women enables them to stand tall.”