Virtual Debate Series

The Telkom Foundation invites you to its second webinar to witness the inspirational young minds of the future celebrating and unpacking the great technology of the future!

This enriching webinar, which will be held on 16 October 2020, is the second of a series of virtual debates hosted by the Foundation between learners involved in the Telkom High School Programme (see below). There will be a total of three webinars, with the last one taking place in December 2020.

About the Telkom High School Programme

The Telkom Foundation is investing in approximately 3500 learners, supporting their journey from grade 8 to grade 12, and preparing them to take up future careers. The learners are in Grade 10 and 11 this year in Tshwane, Gauteng and in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. In addition to other academic and non-academic support, all learners have received a 2 in 1 laptop, 10G monthly data and zero-rated educational platform donated by the Foundation.

Further to this, the Telkom Foundation has to date, provided their schools with:

  • Upgraded internet connectivity infrastructure, ensuring a dedicated uncapped 20mbps line to each school
  • a 50-user computer lab in each school and smart boards to 120 classrooms, and
  • teacher ICT integration training and school-based support

Considering that the Telkom Foundation is a public benefit organisation, it encourages schools to work with communities to extend digital access to communities during after-school hours.

We have also invested in the learners’ computer training, equipping them with the skills and knowledge fit for a 4IR technology-driven future. Initially, some students did not even know how to switch on a computer but, through the guidance and mentorship of the Telkom Foundation and its partners, many now understand the basics of robotics, mobile & app development, data science, and so much more.


Gender Equality dictates that society creates more opportunities for the girl child and women


Seipati “Twasa” Seoke

Seipati “Twasa” Seoke

boasts a 20-year long radio career and is currently a popular radio personality on Lesedi FM. She was also recently crowned the ‘queen of breakfast radio’ at the Liberty Radio Awards. A former TV presenter on Jam Alley, Twasa is a much sought-after MC, Motivational Speaker, Social Media Influencer & Mentor.


Sarah Mthintso

Sarah Mthintso
Head of the Foundation

Sarah is the Head of the Telkom Foundation, which is the CSI function of Telkom. Registered as a Trust, the Foundation is focused on investing in education and ICT to empower marginalised youth towards being economically active into the future. Prior to this, she has worked in other corporates, including Old Mutual as Head of Corporate Affairs, a portfolio that also looked after CSR, B-BBEE and Stakeholder Relations.

Apart from her work in corporates, Sarah has also worked in both non-governmental organisations and public services. Prior to her appointment with the Foundation, she held a number of other roles in Telkom including Head of Stakeholder Relations for the Group. She has extensive experience and a passion for development and youth. She is a Wits alumnus, with a BA Social Work (Hons) degree, and an MBA with Wits Business School with her thesis being on the effective integration of technology in education (with a focus in developing teacher pedagogy and content)

Her passion to develop a cadre of digitally fit youth to both access and create future economic opportunities bleeds through the work she does through the various Telkom Foundation programmes.

Kids' profiles

Jostina Shanteel Mtshweni

Jostina Shanteel

Gender: Female
Age: 15
School: M.H Baloyi Sec
Grade: 10
Province, district: Gauteng, Tshwane West D15
Debate team (for / against): Proposition

Babalwa Maqhubela


Gender: Female
Age: 16
School: Ndzondelelo High School
Grade: 10
Province, district: Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay
Debate team (for / against): Proposing

Asive Gosani


Gender: Female
Age: 17
School: Ndzondelelo Secondary School
Grade: 10
Province, district: Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay
Debate team (for / against): Opposing

Motheo Moepye


Gender: Male
Age: 18
School: N.M Tsuene Secondary school
Grade: 11
Province, district: Gauteng , Tshwane West
Debate team (for / against): For(proposition)

Simphiwe Maseko


Gender: Female
Age: 11
School: Ruabohlale
Grade: 10
Province, district: Gauteng,Tshwane West
Debate team (for / against): Against

Tokologo Johanna Maluleke

Tokologo Johanna

Gender: Female
Age: 16
School: M.H Baloyi Sec
Grade: 10
Province, district: Gauteng, Tshwane West D15
Debate team (for / against): Opposition



16 October 2020




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