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Dietrich von Richthofen, a German journalist, visited Grahamstown and the rural Eastern Cape in January 2011. After a series of long interviews with Ron Wertlen (eKhaya ICT and Reed House Systems CTO) and Anna Wertlen (Village Scribe Association), Sibukele Gumbo (Siyakhula Living Lab Management Unit) and Alfredo Terzoli (Rhodes University – Centre of Excellence) and a field trip to a part of the Siyakhula Living Lab, he published an article in DIE ZEIT, a German nationwide weekly newspaper that is highly respected for its quality journalism with an estimated readership of 2m.
The article describes the difficulties of bringing technologies into rural Africa using the Siyakhula Living Lab, Reed House Systems and its software TeleWeaver as an example. The reader gains a small insight into part of the projects, implemented in Grahamstown and the Eastern Cape, and a rough overview of the ICT4D situation in general. Thank you for the publication, Ditsch!
You can read the full article including a number of comments here.
Albert Yovu is a modern day hero. He is a quiet unassuming man, with a wide smile and a passion for teaching. He also loves working with computers. He teaches Life Sciences to grade 11 and 12 learners at Zwelenqaba SSS. He is one of the 4000 temporary teachers whose contracts were summarily cancelled in December 2010, plunging the Eastern Cape schooling system even further into chaos!
Mr. Yovu says that the Zwelenqaba school approached him to continue teaching with a little support from the community. He says, “I am sacrificing myself for these children, but I can’t do it for long. I also have a family to feed.”