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  • 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

Ans Botha Learnership in South Africa

T-Systems South Africa, digital transformation specialist and technology partner to Olympian and 400m World Record holder – Wayde van Niekerk, is putting its weight behind sustainable job creation for young people living with disabilities in South Africa through the Anna Botha Learnership program.  This program, which comes as part of T-System’s ongoing Nation Building and CSI initiative, is named in honor of Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha, Wayde’s coach and mentor.

T-Systems has launched the Anna Botha Learnership Program in conjunction with the Wayde Dreamer Foundation, a collaborative initiative between T-Systems and Wayde van Niekerk which seeks to uplift the youth of South Africa. The program is aimed specifically at young people living with disabilities and learning difficulties. It underpins Botha’s support for the Foundation’s drive to give something back to those who don’t often get the opportunity to better their disabilities. Eleven candidates are accepted into the program as part of the initial trial period. Each candidate will graduate with a NQFqualification in Information and Communication Technology Literacy and their A+ certification, which will enable them to find suitable employment within the IT field.

The students will undergo full training and certification examinations and will emerge from the process with a qualification which will enable them to find work in any IT help desk call center or as a field technician, among other potential possibilities.  Finding employment is particularly challenging for individuals living with disabilities not because they are incapable, but because they are often denied the opportunities that are made available to their able-bodied counterparts.