Solar-powered computer lab opens

2015-04-30 13:50
Photo: kaveel SINGH
At the official opening of the first solar-powered computer lab (from left) Mr K.K. Naidoo, Jonathan Michaels, Ivy Matlawa and Mr B. Adam.

Photo: kaveel SINGH At the official opening of the first solar-powered computer lab (from left) Mr K.K. Naidoo, Jonathan Michaels, Ivy Matlawa and Mr B. Adam.

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VERULAM-BASED school, Umhloti Primary, is one of the first schools in the province to have a solar-powered computer laboratory facility.

The lab was officially launched on Thursday, 23 April at the school with a large contingent of stakeholders and senior department officials in attendance.

Three main organisations - Give IT Back, African Union and Poynting - assisted in the sponsorship and implementation of the specialised computer lab.

All companies are involved in the telecommunications and IT sectors.

Acting CES in the Pinetown district, Selvan Chetty commended the school, saying it was his first visit to the school.

“I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. Your premises are clean, well kept and pupils are well disciplined. The leadership of this school has clearly done a sterling job and are now continuing with this ground-breaking project.”

Chetty said it was unfortunate that the education system did not have enough of a budget to do more.

“While we would love to assist, we know it is vital we form these relationships with corporate partners. And today I thank them for their contributions.”

Giving IT Back director Jonathan Michaels, whose company is one of the Durban sponsors, said the project was all in the spirit of giving back

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