Corporate social investment
Technology is a gateway to uplifting communities and providing access to resources for those in underprivileged communities. As one of the premier, open access fibre optics companies in the country, we take our role in community development seriously, and run a variety of programmes which provide Internet access to disadvantaged children and communities.
We believe that it is the responsibility of companies like DFA to partner with government, business and civil society to uplift and improve South Africans’ quality of life, particularly those living in rural communities. We do this through sustainable development and transformation as we seek to empower South Africa’s black youth in the telecommunications space.
These are the initiatives we are currently involved in:
Skills development Initiative
In 2017 we have undertaken to fund the learnerships of 40 students, 28 of whom are people living with disabilities, and 50% of whom are unemployed. All learners will receive a monthly stiped for the duration of their studies, and upon completion will have obtained an NQF 4 Project Management, allowing them to be employed within the ICT industry.
Vastfonetin Community Initiative
Together with our subsidiaries, we have provided a fibre link to a school in Hammanskraal to ensure that the school pupils from this underprivileged community have access to the Internet and are able to participate in subjects such as Media Studies.
Irene Middle School
We have undertaken to sponsor, install, manage and maintain fibre optic cables at this school in Pretoria. As a result, school children have access to the Internet for their school projects and can participate in subjects such as Media Studies.
This initiative seeks to create a platform for a top-rated school in Pretoria to connect and interact with neighbouring schools in disadvantaged areas like Mamelodi and Soshanguve.