Bringing IT to the community

Hendrick Mphande

THREE years ago Lindiwe Tetani volunteered at Emmanuel Haven and today she is living her childhood dream after being appointed manager at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) computer lab in Motherwell, where she trains members of the community.

Tetani, 34, had a keen interest in computers from a young age and wanted to be an information technology (IT) specialist, but that dream was almost thwarted due to financial constraints.

With no job prospects in sight, the Motherwell mother of two young girls decided to volunteer at the haven.

Today Tetani is a manager of NMMU’s Emmanuel Haven Living Lab, which has 16 computers. Members of the community are taught basic skills such as e-mailing and file management, and how to use computer programs.


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