Using ICT as a catalyst for rural development and land reform

On the 17th of August 2010, Imbizo Events in partnership with the Black IT Forum hosted the prestigious 6th Annual Eastern Cape ICT Summit and Gala dinner. This event was held at the Feather Market Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay. The theme of 2010’s summit was entitled “Using ICT as a catalyst for rural development and land reform”, and attracted a crowd of about 200 delegates. Sponsors for the event were the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Cisco, Vodacom Business, Dimension Data, Business Connexion, K-log and IT Web.

Inauguration of a new Digital Access Node in Ngwane (Dwesa)

On the 5th of February, several hundred community members of the Mbashe Region (near Dwesa Nature Reserve), staff and students from Rhodes and Fort Hare Universities as well as representatives from industry and government took part in the launch of the Digital Access Node (DAN) at Ngwane Junior Secondary School in the former homeland of Transkei, in the Eastern Cape. The DAN is a point-of-presence of the Siyakhula Living Lab, active in the Mbashe region. The day included speeches given by members of academia, the provincial and district education departments and members of the community. The day also featured song and dance performances by local school children.