Two Steinmüller Africa managers spent a morning at Dabeka Secondary School in Kwazulu Natal, late in 2022 as part of Steinmüller Africa’s outreach programme in partnership with Nomoya Primary Cooperative. Unfortunately, Nomoya Primary Cooperative was severely affected by the floods that swept through KwaZulu-Natal in early 2022, where IT equipment was damaged and swept away. Dabeka Secondary School is one of the beneficiaries of this programme.
Through Nomoya Primary Cooperative, Steinmüller Africa donated 20 laptops with backpacks, 20-wired computer mice, 20 keyboards, 20 cable locks, 24 Microsoft software packages, 4 printers, a projector and 2 interactive SMART boards to Dabeka Secondary School. It is a public school in uMzinyathi, KwaZulu Natal, catering for learners from grade 8 to 12 and will be sharing its IT resources with the community. As an example, members of the community can use the school’s IT resources to type and print their CVs in pursuit of job opportunities.
In accepting the donation, school principal Mr Mtshali quoted Albert Pike: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal”. This was an emphasis that the things we do – and the intentions with which we do these things – between the time we are born to the moment we leave this world, are what defines us and how we shall be remembered. He said the gesture that Steinmüller Africa has shown them will forever be remembered by the school for the role it played in making Dabeka a better school and community.
Michael Sadiki, Commercial Department EGM, and Birgit Franklin, Cost Controlling Manager, handed over Steinmüller Africa’s donation to the school. “It was a fulfilling experience to see the response and joy that was demonstrated by the school and community of Dabeka. In particular, the matriculants were extremely happy as the donated equipment would help them with their research in preparation for their end of year examinations,” the managers said.
Nomoya was established in 2016 to combat the increasing rate of unemployment among the youth and previously disadvantaged members of the community. Nomoya offers a variety of services, which include a community outreach programme that focuses on computer application technology and computer literacy for school learners and community members.