The City of Cape Town’s SmartCape programme, aimed at growing computer literacy at libraries, has extended its reach to Matrix Clinics.
The City has eight Matrix Clinics which provide free rehabilitation programmes for those people who battle with addiction.
The outpatient programme takes a maximum of 10 students per programme at each clinic. To encourage continued attendance at the centres, the City’s corporate services directorate arranges digital literacy training for clients.
The SmartCape programme offers an introduction to computers, office productivity packages like Writer, Calc, etc., writing of CVs and cover pages, creating a budget sheet, setting up email addresses, internet and cyber security.
Once the programme is completed, each Matrix Clinic arranges a ceremony where graduates receive certificates.
Graduations have been held at Tafelsig Nelson Mandela Family and Youth Centre, and Delft South library, among others in Cape Town.
“The SmartCape initiative is one way we are showing our commitment to excellence in basic service delivery and closing the digital divide. Taking the service to the clinics ensures that no-one gets left behind and that residents maximise on the opportunity. Graduates come out with more than they expected and can integrate better into their communities,” says Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle.