SITA's commitment to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment

Over a number of years SITA has worked on developing its commitment to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), a South African government policy to advance historically disadvantaged people in the country’s economy. B-BBEE certification is a pre-selection criterion for many tenders in the region and SITA works to ensure it abides by B-BBEE codes of good practice in both its role as a supplier to the industry and in its procurement processes as well. SITA is rated as Level 3 on the ICT sector B-BBEE Charter Scorecard with 110% procurement recognition.  

Learnership program

South Africa learnership program

2016 also marked the sixth year of our learnership program in South Africa. Each year SITA provides fully paid one year learnership contracts to enable young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to complete technical IT-related accredited programs as well as gain work experience at our office. 64 learners (42 women and 22 men) have completed the program to date. In 2016, we engaged 11 students (nine women and two men) in the learnership program. All the learners graduated, nine entered a higher level IT learnership program, and two secured jobs within the IT industry.

School computer lab five-year commitment

On 18 July 2016, coinciding with Nelson Mandela International Day, we officially opened our fifth SITA-sponsored computer lab at Namedi Secondary School. The lab comes fully equipped with 40 PCs, a server, smartboard, and a printer. SITA also funded teacher training. We maintain an ongoing relationship with the schools we’ve helped support through the computer lab program and work with the schools to identify top performing students for ICT scholarships.

In addition to the sponsorship of a fully equipped computer lab, this year SITA went the extra mile by investing in teacher development in end user computing. On the opening day our staff also volunteered 67 minutes of their time packing and serving lunch packs to all the learners in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day.

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