Hazyview Digital Learning Campus
Good Work Foundation’s flagship Hazyview Digital Learning Campus in Mpumalanga was opened in August 2012.
Since then, thousands of children and young adults have passed through its welcoming doors, being exposed to the wonders of digital-led learning in a lively and stimulating peri-urban setting.
GWF’s Hazyview Digital Learning Centre was born out of a desire to provide local children and adults with computer and English literacy skills in a state-of-the-art digital environment.
Located in Shabalala village, near Hazyview, the centre has been instrumental in changing people’s lives for the better – and is now the largest of five digital learning campuses in rural Mpumalanga and one in the Free State.
And to think it all started in an old banana-packing shed …
Kate Groch, a school teacher; Dave and Shan Varty, the founders of Londolozi Game Reserve; and Pastor Solly Mhaule and Mama Sipiwe of the Hosanna Church in Hazyview put their heads together to revitalise education in the area, using a disused banana shed that had been donated to Pastor Solly’s church.
When T-Systems came on board with funding, the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre was established in 2012 – bringing to life a long-held vision to reinvent rural education. Ever since opening its doors, this campus has given rise to new avenues of opportunity for the people of Mpumalanga.
Read more about the origins of the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus here.
- “Investec is a proud supporter of the Good Work Foundation digital learning campus model. I have seen first-hand how this innovative South African team is reimagining education so that more young Africans are part of a digital future.”— Fani Titi, CEO of Investec
- “Absa is one of the long-standing donors supporting the vision and mission of the Good Work Foundation. Our support continues because of the great and sustainable impact we see them realise in the communities they work in.”— Sazini Mojapelo, former managing executive for corporate citizenship at Absa Group
- “We have been so blessed to have been founding partners of the Good Work Foundation’s story, from its 1997 dreams to its vision, creation and humble beginnings in 2012 to now.”— Dave Varty, co-founder and owner of Londolozi Game Reserve
Hazyview Campus Manager
How you'd describe your personal brand?
I am passionate about fostering an environment of learning and growth. My personal brand revolves around creating spaces where individuals can thrive academically and personally.
What are your goals and aspirations?
My overarching goal is to contribute significantly to educational empowerment in my community. I aspire to cultivate an environment where prioritizing people is at the forefront.
What do you consider to be your most impressive achievements?
I spearheaded the integration of new platforms that were added to BYA that resulted in a significant increase in student engagement and success rates. I implemented an initiatives to enhance campus life for men and young men. I collaborated with local communities to create impactful outreach programs, fostering positive relationships between the campus and its surroundings.
What's one quirky or fun fact about you?
I rarely forget a face or a name, no matter how brief our encounter!