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for the benefit of humanity, to help solve social problems.
Since 1999, we’ve dedicated ourselves to building solid
relationships with respected Non-Profit Organisations, who’ve helped us invest more than R600 million into a wide range of worthy community causes. We are proud to say that without our customers, we would not have managed to support these causes to such an extent.
We’re also determined to bring about lasting changes in the Health and Education sectors, by developing innovative Information Communication Technology (ICT) programmes and mobile innovations to fast track change. Together with our corporate
partners and other Non-Profit Organisations that share our values, we’re committed to discovering more innovative and dynamic programmes, hoping to reach the people who need our support the most.
At the heart of Vodacom is the belief that Information and Mobile Communication Technology makes social change possible. We support projects that provide technology solutions in the education and health sectors, helping meet South Africa’s needs. Mobile technology has transformed the classroom of the 21st century by opening up new vistas and possibilities for learners and teachers.
Vodacom Foundation news
21 October 2015 - On Wednesday 14 October, 72 youth from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga received their Vodacom ICT Youth Academy certificates at a festive graduation ceremony that took place at Vodaworld in Midrand. Over the next few weeks similar ceremonies will be hosted in the other six provinces.
20 July 2015 - Players of the South African SupeRugby teams have visited Vodacom Teacher Centres to see first hand how their try scoring abilities boost education in South Africa.
7 July 2015 - In order to help advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain, Vodacom, Huawei together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme today.
29 June 2015 - While the South African rugby teams fell just short, Vodacom scored a pushover try in injury time to increase the Tries for Teachers contribution in this year’s Vodacom SupeRugby tournament to a whopping R1 million.
28 May 2015 –South African rugby franchises have already contributed R685 000 toward teacher training in the 2015 Vodacom SuperRugby competition by doing what they do best, scoring tries. Vodacom donates R5 000 per try toward teacher training in the Tries for Teachers campaign.
23 April 2015 - The City of Joburg and mobile network provider Vodacom have set up an emergency operations service and centre that the public can use to report xenophobia related incidents via mobile phone and get an immediate response from the city.
1 March 2015 - Vodacom is committed to addressing the ICT skills shortage in South Africa. To address this need, we provide fifty students with bursaries annually to study in fields in which there are skills shortages. Top-achieving students from disadvantaged communities are chosen to study in the ICT and engineering sectors.
21 February 2015 - The Minister of Basic Education officially handed over the Acorns to Oaks High School of Excellence, which was built by a public private partnership between the Department, the Buffelshoek Trust and Vodacom. The state of the art school will accommodate 900 learners and focus on excellence in maths and science.
14 January 2015 – First at a special breakfast hosted at Vodaworld and later during the live broadcast of the 2014 Matric Results, the 23 Top Achievers celebrated their outstanding results with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Basic Education. The 2014 cohort is the first to have written the CAPS curriculum exams.
12 January 2014 - On 5 January Vodacom launched its education portal called Vodacom e-school. It will serve as a learning platform with Internet access to education content for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners.
7 November 2014 - In a bid to help address skills development and job creation within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, Vodacom together with its partners Independent Development Trust (IDT) and Cisco has embarked on a drive to help empower unemployed youth with ICT skills training.
23 October 2014 – Graduates from the Vodacom Discover programme will inspire #Matrics2014 by sharing their personal experiences. The Vodacom Discover programme is a 2-year programme for candidates with qualifying degrees to learn more about the telecommunications industry.
2 September 2014 - With a tour of graduation and induction ceremonies across the country, the second year of the Youth Skills Academy is officially being kicked off. The ceremonies are hosted in the Vodacom Teacher Centres.
21 July 2014 - The Department of Basic Education in partnership with Vodacom is proud to announce the Mobile Education Webinars, a series of online teacher development seminars for Grade 10-12 Maths and Science teachers. Twice a week Mindset will focus on providing practical and pedagogical support.
1 July 2014 - Vodacom and partners are happy to announce 135 young people will be recruited to participate in this year's Youth Skills Development Programme. This Programme stimulates skills development, entrepreneurship and job creation within the local ICT sector.
24 April 2014 - Vodacom, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Communications unveiled one of its 31 new information and technology (ICT) teacher centres in Kimberley on Wednesday.
17 April 2014 - In an attempt to help tackle skills development and job creation, Vodacom has embarked on an initiative to help empower the Western Cape Winelands youth with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resources.
3 April 2014 - Two short films showcase the impact of the Mobile Education Programme on teachers, learners and the wider community. The Programme was developed to help the Department of Basic Education meet its goal of exposing learners to ICT and to give teachers access to quality teaching resources.
25 February 2014 - The recruitment drive for the 2014/2015 Change the World volunteers has begun. Change the World runs since 2011 and provides individuals with the opportunity to volunteer their time and skills at a Non Profit Organisation. Interested individuals are invited to send in their applications before 31 March 2014.
10 February 2014 - The first group of youth participating in the Cisco IT Essentials course at the Worcester centre graduated with high marks. After having completed the course in half the time, the graduates are now certified Level 1 IT technicians.
22 January 2014 – The top learners of 2013 received Vodacom Foundation awards including tables and internet connectivity. 2013 saw an increase in the overall matric pass rate but the mathematics and science results are still too low. Going forward the DBE will continue the investment in teacher development, also using ICT.
7 November 2013 - Vodacom and Read A Book SA have launched an e-reader programme, which uses information and communication technology (ICT) to advance and encourage a culture of reading in South Africa. Tablets with an e-reader application installed will be freely available for use at the nine Vodacom ICT Resource Centres.
16 October 2013 - In a number of ICT Resource Centres around the country the youth instructors from the Youth Skills Development Programme are taking their knowledge forward and have begun providing instruction in high-end computer skills to local youth.
18 September 2013 – Youth instructors from the nine Vodacom ICT Resource Centres are taking part in a skills training course with the aim of equipping them to upskill other youth.
28 August 2013 - Vodacom partner Mindset has created an overview Google Map of all schools and resource centres across South Africa that are beneficiaries of the Vodacom Foundation’s innovative ICT for education interventions under the Mobile Education programme and Vodacom Millionaires.
2 July 2013 - Vodacom, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, unveiled its ninth information and communication technology (ICT) resource centre in Thaba Nchu, Free State today. The programme is set to transform teaching and learning in the classroom through the use of technology.
18 June 2013 – On Sunday 16 June Mthobeli Tengimfene, executive head of CSI projects at the Vodacom Foundation – one of the driving forces behind the Mobile Education Programme and the Vodacom Digital Classroom – was profiled in the Sunday World newspaper. We republish the article here.
24 May 2013 – On Thursday the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme and Digital Classroom website were featured in an article in the Daily Sun, South Africa’s most widely read newspaper, which covered the opening of the Vhembe ICT Resource Centre in Limpopo. Read the article here.
9 April 2013 - Local telecoms operator Vodacom has donated a fully equipped computer centre and internet access to learners from Wingen Heights Secondary School in Shallcross, KwaZulu Natal. The school is well-known for its excellent matric pass rate.
5 April 2013 - Vodacom through its Mobile Education programme in partnership with Cisco and MICT-Seta kicked-off a youth development project at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. The partnership aims to train unemployed youth in ICT skills and to further develop them into ICT entrepreneurs.
Vodacom boosts tech students with bursaries
6 February 2013 - Vodacom has boosted technology students with bursaries totalling R9.2 million to pursue undergraduate degrees at tertiary institutions for 2013.