1st Prize in Gender and Poverty Alleviation

Together with its founding partner, T-Systems (Pty) Ltd, Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) has won 1st Prize at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards in the category “Gender and Poverty Alleviation.”

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Gender Mainstreaming Awards encourage a more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business.

Here are some stats:

  • Women make up 83 percent of all non-paying students and 80 percent of all paying students at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre and Campus
  • 75 percent of permanent staff, 66 percent of temporary staff and 100 percent of business consultants are women
  • Number of children attending Hazyview Open Learning Academy per week: 618 (368 girls and 250 boys)
The CompTia A+ Computing class students at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

The CompTia A+ Computing class students at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

HDLC CEO, Ms. Kate Groch, commented, “this award is 100 percent about recognising that the key to positive change in rural South Africa lies in our women. When our women see and feel the empowerment that comes with education, then they empower not only other women, but their families, their children, and – most importantly – their children’s schools. This month, 12 local primary school teachers enrolled in the IT Academy, and I must add that nine of those teachers are women.

Thanks to the support of some very determined women at T-Systems, in 2012 we were able to launch HDLC as a model of what can happen when the private sector supports a rural community that is ready for a forward-thinking opportunity. 75 percent of our permanent staff is made up of women, and 100 percent of those women are from Mpumalanga province, including the head of our IT Academy. That’s an achievement.”


Adre du Plessis (T-Systems Vice President Strategy and Transformation) and Mardia van der Walt-Korsten (T-Systems Chairman and Non-executive Director) make their #MandelaDayPledge under the HDLC Digital Tree of Knowledge.

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