Corporate social investment



Datatec is deeply committed to empowering people at grassroots level to reduce poverty and inequality. It has been another successful year for the Datatec Educational and Technology Foundation ("the Foundation") in which it met its principal objective to improve the quality of education in South Africa and create opportunities for those less fortunate.

Overview of the Foundation

The Foundation funds educational organisations whose purpose is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa.

As a competitive global market leader in ICT, Datatec regards it as a moral imperative to in some way address the grassroots needs of its founding country's people and give back where it is needed most – education in South Africa.

The Foundation funds organisations whose purpose is to improve education within underprivileged communities in South Africa. Datatec's corporate social investment ("CSI") spend is directed into educational initiatives consisting of school-level intervention programmes for learners and teachers, and educational bursaries. Other initiatives include the provision of technology infrastructure and skills development for unemployed youth.

 



FY20 IMPACT

  • Increased the number of learners gaining access to tertiary studies as a result of improved grades
  • Increased the number of students emerging from universities with science, technology, engineering and mathematics ("STEM") qualifications, thereby closing the skills gap in South Africa
  • Better prospects for a better future for young underprivileged South Africans

2 119
Total number of learners benefitting from school-level intervention in mathematics and science

5
Total number of students gaining access to bursaries

733
Total number of learners receiving career guidance

51
Total number of teachers benefitting from extra training in mathematics and science

7 787
Total number of individuals gaining access to computer technology

1 019
Total number of individuals benefiting from ICT skills training

Olico maths club


Vula Maths Project

Learners on the Promaths Programme

CSI OUTCOMES

  • Better equipped teachers to confidently teach mathematics
  • Improved learner understanding of mathematics and science as a result of better equipped teachers
  • Improved learner performance and confidence
  • 100% pass rate on mathematics programmes with a total of 74 distinctions
  • 77% of learners on grade 12 programmes achieved Bachelor-level passes
  • Enabled access to quality technology infrastructure for learners and communities
  • Developed skills for the fourth industrial revolution
  • Enabled computer literacy training to reduce youth unemployment
  • Provided free access to secondary and tertiary studies for underprivileged learners/students
  • Provision of facilities to enable learning and teaching

The Foundation supports:

Teacher and learner development at a secondary school level through:

  • Kutlwanong Promaths
  • The Tomorrow Trust
  • The Olico Foundation
  • Numeric
  • The Vula Programme

Improving technology infrastructure and access to computers through:

  • Afrika Tikkun
  • The Durban High School Foundation Trust

ICT skills development for the unemployed through:

  • Code4Change
  • The Siyakhula Computer School

Bursaries for disadvantaged students through:

  • A partnership with Belgium Campus iTversity

Communities in need by:

  • Donating R1 million to Doctors Without Borders to respond to the medical needs of the people of Mozambique after the devastating effects of Hurricane Idai

SUCCESS STORIES

Karabo Hlaka (pictured below) showed sheer determination on the Olico Foundation's programme, which offers academic support in maths for learners in grade R to grade 12. When he first joined Olico at the beginning of high school, his maths mark was 13%, he matriculated with a Bachelor-level maths result, and is studying a BSc degree in Mathematical and Computer Science at the University of Limpopo.

Kutlwanong's Promaths learner programme provides additional maths and science tuition to grade 10, 11 and 12 students. Promaths also focuses on upskilling teachers by providing teaching aids to help educators deliver lessons in a more engaging and memorable way.

Datatec funds a 90-strong group of learners in the Mdantsane district just outside of East London. The group achieved a 100% pass rate across all subjects, with top achievers being awarded distinctions in maths and physical science. This is striking compared to the provincial average of 77.9% for all subjects. Of the Promaths group, 79% (71 learners) achieved a Bachelor pass, compared to 32.3% for the Eastern Cape.

Luthando Sebe, a matriculant from Buchule Technical High School, achieved 94% in maths and 97% in physical science; Imitha Goduka from Clarendon High School for Girls scooped 89% for maths and 88% for physical science; Sibahle Mavuso from Khulani Commercial High School scored 89% for maths and 84% for physical science; Lukhaya Ntsabo from Ngwenyathi High School scored 83% for maths and 92% for physical science; and Lihlomile Yanxa from Khulani High School achieved 86% for maths and 91% for physical science.





North America

  • Logicalis US donated in excess of US$130 000 to 96 charities

Latin America

  • Logicalis supported several community education schemes

EUROPE

  • Logicalis supported charitable initiatives including helping disadvantaged communities and animal welfare. Logicalis' employees invested their time in local charity events
  • Westcon International has continued to support local small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to help them stay afloat

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Logicalis supported blood donations, disaster relief and disadvantaged children, among others
  • Westcon International raised funds for the Australian Bushfire Appeal

MEA

  • Westcon International invested in multiple employment and learnership programmes and the provision of bursaries
  • The Foundation supported educational initiatives in South Africa and donated to relief efforts in Mozambique

Logicalis' CSI goal is to support education to empower Architects of ChangeTM across the world

Logicalis spent US$250 000 on CSI activities

Logicalis supported a range of community and environmental initiatives in 18 countries

Westcon International's CSI goal is to improve education for the next generation and to support local charities in the communities that they operate in

Westcon International provided both time and resources to the communities where its employees live and work

The non-profit organisations supported by Datatec have been effective in adjusting their strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refer to Datatec social investment report for more information.