Rural kids join super highway
A Limpopo school is riding the new-era technology fast lane after it received 20 computers as a donation.
Theo Stern, a computer mogul in the province, donated 20 personal computers (PCs) to Mmushi Primary School in GaMatlala at the weekend.
According to Stern, the computers, together with a server, cost about R200000.
Uniform SA donated the funds while Netday installed the machines.
It was Beka Ntsanwisi, a community builder, who made the donation possible by sourcing the sponsors.
Avuxeni Computer Academy will train the teachers, who in turn will train the pupils.
The handover function was attended by a cheerful crowd of pupils, teachers, government officials, the school governing body, parents and members of the community.
Mmushi Primary School has produced luminaries such as Phuti Seloba, the spokesman for the Limpopo department of health and social development, who was the guest speaker.
Seloba, who confessed that he only had the opportunity to touch a computer when he was at tertiary level, urged the youth to embrace technology with open hands.
"Now that you have computers at your disposal, you can spread your wings and explore the life of technology to the fullest.
"These things come rarely to rural communities and you should handle them with care," said Seloba.
Ntsanwisi urged community members to continue with their drive to improve their lives.
She pledged to erect a plaque at the school emblazoned with the institution's details as an indelible benchmark.
Stern believes the donation will impact positively on the school. "These computers will help in sharpening the skills of these young pupils. It's good for them that they start using computers at a young age."