Paris Moeng: Rural South Africa’s Newest IT Support Engineer

Paris Moeng registered to study at HDLC when he was just 17.

Having never used a computer before, Paris surprised the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus team by completing his Absa Bridging Academy year in record time.

He then went on to enroll in HDLC’s IT Career-Training Academy where he completed his CompTIA A+ and Network+ training certificates.

Paris is now a qualified T-Systems South Africa IT Support Engineer. Working from the campus where he studied, Paris provides support to people from three major South African companies.

A reality for Paris is that he is the sole caregiver for his infirm grandmother and moving to Johannesburg or another major urban centre in search of learning or working would not have been possible.

Paris always reminds us to think back to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s question: “Who is looking after our young people?” Our young people shouldn’t have to urbanise. Paris certainly didn’t have the option. So what are we doing as a nation to create opportunities for young people living in rural areas?

As a final note, Paris doesn’t only work in the new Customer Interaction Centre, he was pivotal to the installation as well. Here are some photos:


Right at the beginning: Paris receiving stock into the server room at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus.


Setting up the desk configuration for the new Customer Interaction Centre.




Setting up the computers and connecting them to the network.


At work in the T-Systems South Africa Customer Interaction Centre.