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The community of Thulani in Doornkop joyfully beheld a new dawn on the 12th of September 2019. This as they gathered at the community hall to witness the handover of their very own Digital hub presented by Harmony Gold mine in partnership with the City of Johannesburg. The Sustainable Development team from Harmony, led by Local Economic Development Manager Mr George Masha, worked tirelessly to bring the project to its fruition. Working with the ward councillors and various stakeholders, the team has been instrumental in delivering similar projects across various communities in the provinces in line with the mines social responsibility policies to empower communities within its operations. The event Program Director, Mr Omphile Manyise indicated to the audience that initiatives of this nature, take time and that people should acknowledge that the team has been hands on to see the project reach its attainment.
Amidst the loud cheering joyous ululations from the ecstatic community members, ward 129 councillor, Mr Jabu Thomo mentioned that the state of the arts Digital Hub which was long anticipated has finally been handed to the community. “It now belongs to the community who are entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard and keep its assets in functional condition for many years to come.” He acknowledged the company’s leadership and stakeholders working with ward 129 and quoted an excerpt from the Freedom Charter, “the doors of learning shall be open to all.” He urged community members who are all welcome to defend the hub at all costs by being vigilant of any suspicious activities at the centre. He also handed accredited certificates to the young people with various skills entrusted to facilitate activities at the hub.
One of the hub’s administrators, Vusi Sengwayo has appreciated working with George Masha in setting up the hub’s facilities. Together with his team members, Tshepo Mofokeng, Ayanda Nkosi, Gavin Bakade and Lerato Ntsolo, envision working with the youth in and around communities and ultimately turning the hub into a productive business centre. A niche where SMMEs can be empowered with tools to advance their enterprises. According to Sengwayo the hub will conduct training sessions with accreditations because it is fully equipped with office space for business operations and the necessary broadband Wifi connection to broadcast information.
The permutations of the hub’s sustainability rely on it being managed professionally and its innovative activities are unlimited as ideas can be cultivated, by taking its fullest advantage and making it more profitable.” Enthused Vusi.
Harmony Doornkop’s Regional General Manager Mr Moses Motlhageng heralded the Thulani hub as the most improved. “It is a sweet moment as Harmony joins the community in celebrating the two projects on the day. “We are confident that they will add mass value in society.”He further mentioned that the events take place on heritage month which does not only reflect the past, but what we build for future generations. “In the wake of the current unemployment figures, the community of Doornkop now has the opportunity to do things differently. It is confirmation for the current generation to be custodians of these assets and to preserve the resources for the sake of future generations. As a mining company, we play our part in addressing the socio-economic challenges such as poverty, inequality, and unemployment that are prevalent in our communities and therefore intervene to improve the lives of fellow South Africans. We recognize that the fourth industrial revolution is upon us and that what we do today will require a different set of skills if we stand a chance to be competitive and successful in today’s world.
The ICT digital hub stands to bridge the digital divide between the community and the rest of the country. The handover signals collaborative efforts between Harmony and community stakeholders as we strive to build a heritage for future generations.”
The City of Johannesburg Region D, Deputy director Mr Lali Mohlabane illustrated the journey travelled by the city with the Harmony Gold mine company over the years and a significant Social labour Plan SLP partner in building structures and many successful positive projects that benefit communities in and around Soweto. “The hub is the culmination of the many momentous projects indicative that the future is here with us. Therefore it is important for community members both young and old to grab the opportunity of making use of its technology confidently as privileged beneficiaries in sync with the fourth industrial revolution. For locals, the hub serves as a productivity centre conveniently located within walking distance.”
Speaking of the dome structure at DSJ primary in Dobsonville, Mohlabane reiterated that the space is a shelter for school children as well as to those from neighbouring locations as a venue for various significant events. It functionally serves as a protected venue during adverse and seasonal weather conditions. He urged members of society to take good care of the dome facility.
Gauteng Education Deputy Director, Mrs Joy Legodi Zimba fittingly acknowledged Harmony’s sustainable projects and further mentioned that “the MEC always encourages schools to form partnerships with business people and you are one of the companies that is seriously ploughing back. To date, I can mention a number of schools that have benefited. By working together with Harmony and maintaining a point of contact with ward councillors augurs well to the upkeep of schools and structures in communities. The dome structure can suitably be used for fundraising purposes to boost the schools’ funds.”
The audience was ushered in to witness the official handover of the dome at the DSJ primary in Dobsonville. The elated DSJ principal Ms Diketso Mompati was grateful that the dome saw its implementation as she worked with ward 48 councillor, Mr Tshepo Nawane. “It serves as a convenient venue for assembly and praying together, enabling us to hold district meetings and saving us from hiring marquee tents when hosting big events. At DSJ we really cherish the structure and urge the community of Dobsonville to help us look well after it.
The learners performed a mini concert to visitors on the dome stage which salutations; “We are DJS and we would like to thank you in a special way, today we cheer at our new dome!” The School Governing Bodies chairperson, Mr Godfrey Sadiki warmly invited and guided the guests around the dome structure and urged them to feel at home. He promised that during his tenure and beyond he will implement measures to keep the dome in its original condition.
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