67 Mins to Pack Meals
During Mandela Month, the Telkom Foundation provided Telkom employees with the opportunity to pack meals for hungry children at a series of meal packaging events. The meals are highly nutritious and included a UNICEF approved pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated to combat malnutrition. The meal packaging event is a fun and engaging way for volunteers to be part of the drive to end child hunger. One Hundred and Twenty Telkom volunteers packed more than At the end of the day 120 people packed more than 18 000 meals in 67 minutes/
Inspiring Women in ICT
The Telkom Foundation partnered with a development group of the National Youth Development Agency to host 47 women involved in ICT related small businesses or who offer ICT related services. They are Internet café owners, web designers and desk top technicians from Polokwane, Secunda, Rustenburg and the outskirts of Gauteng. The women were invited to a lunch at The Innovation Hub that included a series of presentations by senior Telkom staff. Nomkhosi Cele, Senior Specialist: Consumer Communications, Marketing, addressed the young women about the marketing function. Lionel Khoza from Small & Medium Business, Converged Products, introduced Telkom products that could make the women’s private and business lives much easier. Lodi Pepler, a product manager from Product House, demonstrated the Virtual Number to the ladies. Motlalepule Monja from the NYDA concluded with an inspiring challenge to the ladies to apply their new-found knowledge to improve their lives and communities.
Telkom Knockout Empowers Youth Through 'Connected Youth' Initiative
Telkom employees once again joined the Telkom Knockout in supporting the youth of Ga-Rankuwa in the Connected Youth programme. The Connected Youth programme aims to empower young people, aged 18 to 35, with ICT related job searching skills and learning to code sessions. At an event attended by players from SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates, Telkom volunteers assisted about 300 young people with creating CV’s, setting up emails, using their mobile devises to secure potential employment opportunities and job interview tips. 45 youths were identified by the NYDA (National Youth Development Agency) to receive ICT skills training. Nunnovation Africa Foundation, provided four hours of training in coding skills and then challenged the youths to create an app. The successful team created an app which could be used to register unemployed youth with their skills in a database that could easily be accessed by any company for future reference.
Telkom employees attended two of the five schools in Tshwane West during Volunteer Week in March 2017. At Ruabohlale Secondary School in Soshanguve employees painted the car port at the front of the school and covered more than 600 books. The car port was old and rusty and is the entrance to the school. At NM Tsuene High School in Garankuwa employees painted the inside walls and window frames of one “double” class room. The efforts of the Telkom employees contributed to improving the learning environment at these schools and will ensure that the books last longer.
Rally to Read
The Telkom Foundation concluded their contract with the Read Trust and Bidvest Group with the Rally to Read weekends that took place during September and October 2016. During the rallies employees packed boxes of books and learning material to be delivered to rural schools in Eshowe, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Drakensberg Golden Gate- Fouriesberg area, Free State, Malelane and Middelburg, Mpumalanga and Rustenburg, North West. 72 Telkom employee volunteers attended the six rallies.