January 2014

Helping hands

Tata companies in Africa are constantly doing their bit to improve the quality of life of local communities around their area of operations

Tata companies in Africa are constantly doing their bit to improve the quality of life of local communities

Tata Consultancy Services South Africa (TCS SA) has always strived towards developing the skills of children in the information technology space. In October 2013, TCS SA was approached by the South African government's Department of Public Enterprise to support an IT learning centre for the education of residents in and around Oliver Tambo’s birthplace. Oliver Tambo was a well-known South African anti-apartheid politician and a central figure in the African National Congress. 

Given an opportunity to mirror his selfless beliefs of equity and social change, TCS SA directed its CSR efforts to create two innovative IT learning centres for children as well as adults in Eastern Cape, South Africa. The first was built on a small scale, in a room at the Holy Cross Church. The venue was inaugurated by Gary Mukheibir, TCS SA country manager, and Bulelani Magwanishe, Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise, Government of South Africa.

The second IT centre was much larger with 25 computers for use at multiple schools. To create ease of access, the centre was built in the centrally located Jikindaba Secondary School in Lisisiki, Eastern Cape.

Furthermore, TCS SA, in partnership with the NGO Change the World, appointed a trainer to train the teachers and students of the school. A world without computers today seems unfathomable, yet the reality for many South Africans is just that.

TCS SA, together with Change the World, thus took the first step to enable South African children with a chance to face the future equipped with IT skills.

Smiles all around
On December 7, 2013, TCS SA employees were greeted and surrounded by heart- warming smiles when they visited the children of Msawawa Township near Fourways, Johannesburg. The day was spent on activities that ensured the children were entertained and actively participated. Over 200 presents were handed to the kids, which were donated by employees.

On the December 12, 2013, staff members at Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa (TAC SA) visited the El Shannah home for abandoned children and had a Christmas party. The group made contributions to the orphanage — food, clothes, etc. The TAC SA staff and children enjoyed cake and snacks as well as games at the party, and shared in the joy of the festive season.