In rural areas around the world we struggle with higher levels of unemployment. Here in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province there is a ceiling on the amount of jobs that the economy of wildlife can create. However, what if we could create mini “cities of the future” in rural areas, boosting job creation and developing the digital economy and marketplace?
A future African city is exactly what we had in mind when we teamed up with the Good Work Foundation (GWF) and T-Systems in 2012 to create the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). Hazyview is a small town located about 70 kilometers away from Londolozi. In line with our conservation focus, the campus in Hazyview trains South Africa’s young adults with the skills needed to enter the wildlife economy. That’s great! But what it also does, in line with the fact that South Africa is now the most developed digital marketplace on the continent, is train young adults to enter the ICT industry.
This week we’re thrilled to announce that HDLC, the Youth Employment Service (YES) and Investec have teamed up to build a bigger and better digital marketplace in rural South Africa. The partnership recruits HDLC’s ICT Academy alumni into a youth-facing Call Centre on the Hazyview campus, where YES youth queries can be efficiently handled via telephony, email and LiveChat communication channels.
How about this though: HDLC now has 13 agents working on its IT Service Desk and Call Centre, and counts some of South Africa’s largest companies among its clients. Even better, all profits generated from this enterprise are used to power GWF’s digital learning programmes, including the ICT Academy and an innovative Open Learning Academy that reaches over 6,500 children per week!
So when we talk about the “African city of the future” we’re not kidding.
Imagine a gateway city into tourism and ICT that supported skills development, enterprise development, job creation, rural development and, as a happy byproduct, digital on-boarding for local primary schools and access to world-class education for school-learners in rural communities.
It’s happening in Hazyview. Watch this space!
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More information about Hazyview Digital Learning Campus
Londolozi Private Game Reserve is the founding partner of Good Work Foundation (GWF), a non-profit organisation that delivers access to world-class education to rural South African communities. GWF’s Hazyview cluster of digital learning campuses is made up of five campuses, including the award-winning Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) where Londolozi has been a headline sponsor since 2012. In 2019 GWF’s inclusive economic model of learning and working will see 360 young adults enrolled in adult learning. In addition over 6,500 scholars per week from 22 schools will access EdTech-enabled learning focusing on English, math’s, digital, conservation and life-skills learning.
More information about the Youth Employment Service (YES)
YES is a business-driven initiative which is breaking new ground by pioneering a partnership with government and labour, in collectively tackling a national plan to build economic pathways for black youth. YES focuses on previously disadvantaged youth between the ages 18 and 35 by providing work experience for one year, giving young people a chance to demonstrate their abilities, establish their work ethic and prove their worth. The end result of the work experience is a CV, a reference letter, credibility and an empowered young person who has access to a digital platform to gain future work.