March - Sept 2018
Site Visit: Premiere Helen Zille
The I-CAN Centre was graced by Premier Helen Zille on the 22nd Aug 2018. She was amazed in how citizens interacted with technology and use it for the benefit. She clearly admitted in her response that the I-CAN Centre has transformed Elsies River to be a future "Digital Community".
Site Visit - Councillor Raelene Arendse
City of Cape Town Mayco Member of Corporate Services, Raelene Arendse donated 10 high-tech computers to advance internet access within the Play Zone facility at the I-CAN Centre. The site visit entailed launching the new devices with primary school learners of Norwood Central Primary sharing their experience of high-fast internet connectivity. See Thank You Letter from Genesis CITI.
Site Visit: DEDAT Standing Parliament Committee
The DEDAT Standing Parliament Committee visited the I-CAN Centre. As the I-CAN has demonstrated enormous impact within the ICT sector through Skills Development, a visual was required to match the stats with the operations of the facility. Genesis CITI further explained its unique talent ecosystem developed to ensure that students, after their ICT Training, are placed in learner-ships and employment through partnerships. Also new initiatives were mentioned where Genesis CITI assists students in sourcing individual funding for their studies. This method is where parents of the applicants apply for funding through their own Provident Fund accumulated. Employers grant it to the employee (parent) provided that the applicant must pass in order to waiver the amount of payback. Applicants who passes, then contributes towards the Skills Development BBBEE scoring of corporates.
Site Visit: DEDAT - IEDS Team
The Integrated Economic Development Services (IEDS) team works to promote and support an enabling business environment for the creation of opportunities for growth and jobs. A site visit to the I-CAN Centre allowed the IEDS Team to generate new ideas in how existing local entrepreneurs using the I-CAN Facility can benefit through services and training. This new partnership will enhance economic growth within local communities in building and strengthening entrepreneurs.
Site Visit: Dr. Prinsloo (DEDAT - Skills Development)
Apprenticeships have proved that they have a significant impact on youth unemployment reduction. The main goal of the Apprenticeship Game Changer is to achieve sufficient, appropriately qualified technical and vocational skilled people to meet the needs of prioritised economic growth areas in the Western Cape. The partnership with the I-CAN Centre is to empower youth with Technical Skills (IT / PC Technicians). "Also, as most corporates are moving to Cloud Infrastructures, there will be a need for Cloud Technicians and Cloud Engineers, mentioned by Centre Manager, Llewellyn Scholtz in the discussion.
Site Visit: Click Foundation & Rhino Africa
The Click Foundation, established in 2012, use technology in education to pursue outcomes-based interventions that can meaningfully impact learners. Rhino Africa, Africa’s leading online travel company accompanied Click Foundation on the site visit. The I-CAN services, offerings and projects were demonstrated and how communities are impacted through technology.
Site Visit:Northern Cape - Social Development
Northern Cape Social Development & Economic Opportunities visited the I-CAN Centre in Feb 2018. Their focus was to learn the impact and success stories of the I-CAN Centre. They expressed the current challenges they face with the high-rate of unemployment, and is pushing Digital Skills initiatives to address social and economic issues.
Site Visit: IBM International Research Team
The IBM Team conducted a research of the I-CAN impact and how such public facilities are needed in other local communities. They found the I-CAN Centre overwhelming, due to international course offerings such as Microsoft & Adobe.
Site Visit: Huawei Corp
Huawei Corporation visited the I-CAN Centre after their prestigious conference held at Century Convention Centre in Sept 2018. The partnership is now formed where Genesis CITI is an Authorized Huawei Academic Partner, to deliver Huawei Technical certifications.
Site Visit: Certiport International
Mounaim Makhtari, Senior Director of Sales of Europe, Middle East & Africa visited the I-CAN Centre. Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, was established in 1997 and is now the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery, and program management services. Certiport exams are delivered through an expansive network of over 14,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport delivers more than three million exams each year through the secondary, post-secondary, workforce, and corporate technology markets in 148 countries and 26 languages. Certiport works with industry-leading certification providers to bring their programs successfully to market.
Certiport, Masterskill & Genesis CITI (I-CAN Centre) will be embarking on promoting international exams in South Africa, which will result in youth becoming more employable.
Site Visits - 2017
Site Visit - Mayor of Cape Agulhas
The I-CAN Centre were graced by Mayor Paul Swart from Cape Agulhas region. The site-visit focused on how the I-CAN Centre made an impact within the Elsies River community and how these projects can be scaled to Cape Agulhas region to address various social issues and narrow the digital divide.
E.O.H Site Visit
The I-CAN Centre were graced by E.O.H. Academy in the month of Feb 2018. GCITI / I-CAN students completing IT courses of 2017 will be recruited by EOH Academy, for further development and placement. This new partnership paves to way to ensure that students enrolled for IT programs are placed within the IT sector.
Site-Visit from New York
The I-CAN Centre was graced by Global Resources, a New York based Consultancy firm. The Centre made an indelible impact on them as they witnessed how South Africans within local communities engages with technology on a daily basis. From their travels and expertise in the ICT space, they acknowledge the profound work of Genesis CITI and their team.
Tilburg University Site Visit
Public officials from Tilburg University (in partnership with The School of Public Leadership - University of Stellenbosch), Netherlands, came to the I-CAN Centre to see how South Africa has develop digital initiatives to advance employment and community upliftment. A presentation was held to showcase the I-CAN impact in Elsies River and its surrounding communities. See Facebook Album
Karen Walstra Site Visit (I-CAN Google Day)
Thank you to Karen Walstra, Google for Education Department, who sponsored G-CITI with Google T-Shirts and caps in order to promote the I-CAN Google Day project. Karen’s site visit focused on engaging with citizens who received free training through Google Apps. See Facebook Album
Site Visit of Siyabulela Mamkeli “Mini Mayor”
Recently appointed “Mini Mayor” (Executive Representative of City of Cape Town), Siyabulela Mamkeli, paid the I-CAN Centre a visit on our Gaming Day on the 1st April 2017. As this was his first time at the Centre, he was welcomed by all our staff and gamers. During his tour, through the I-CAN Centre and its various digital zones, he was indeed impressed with the initiative of the gaming day which brought great excitement to the youngsters in Elsies River and its surrounding communities. This is what Mr Siyabulela had to say on Facebook - “I-CAN Centre Gaming Day. Building Functioning Communities With Google Genius From Elsies River”. See Facebook Post
Site Visit of Solly Fourie – DEDAT
The I-CAN Centre was graced by Solly Fourie with his team of Department of Economic Development of Tourism (DEDAT) . City of Cape Town joined DEDAT on the site visit on the 11th July 2017.
Site Visit of Alan Winde – DEDAT
Alan Windy, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism visited the I-CAN Center on the 4th July 2017. He spoke regarding the opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the awareness of digital disruption taking place within Western Cape. The I-CAN Center plays an important role in bringing disruptive technology to communities, such as Mobile App Development, Robotics and 3D printing, with the increase of citizens using the internet.
Site Visit of Alderman Clive Justice (City of Cape Town)
Alderman Clive Justus (City of Cape Town) and his team visited several sites to evaluate the economic growth in Cape Town. The I-CAN Centre was fortunate to be part of their itinerary. Many opportunities and project learnings were discussed amongst officials regarding Cape Town & Western Cape's economic growth due to disruptive technology. See Facebook Album - Click here
Site Visit of Jenny Cargil (Premier's Office)
Jenny Cargil of the Premier's Office visited the I-CAN Centre on 3rd Aug 2017. Her site-visit focused on the services and the impact of the I-CAN Centre in a local community. See Facebook Link -Click here
Site Visit of Michael Leighman (PhotoStart.org - USA)
The I-CAN Centre was graced by Michael Leighman, CEO of Photostart.org. Photo Start is a platform connecting the most at risk children with modern opportunity. Children develop creative skills and learn creative ways to monetize those skills. It gives the children unique opportunities to connect with industry professionals, mentors and the outside world who help with guidance and unique learning and income generating opportunities. Thank you for the established partnership with Cyan Development (CEO - Grant Williams) for this great opportunity. The I-CAN Centre in partnership with Photostart.org will start a project in October 2017 to empower youth with Photography and entrepreneurial skills. See Facebook Link - Click here