Pretoria – Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele has handed over a computer lab to a school that caters for learners with disabilities.
Tsolo Special School has learners aged between eight and 18 years.
The computer lab, which has 40 tablets, three laptops, a printer, a server and a projector was donated by the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA).
In March, President Jacob Zuma inaugurated the Presidential Working Group on Disability at the National Disability Rights Summit that was held in Pretoria. The group is aimed at mainstreaming the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities.
“We are here at rural Tsolo in the Mhlontlo Local Municipality to deliver on the President’s call to ensure that government provides equal opportunities to all citizens to advance and claim their rightful place in society.
“We are contributing to restoring the dignity of our people who suffered under the Apartheid government because they were black, others female and were living with disabilities,” Minister Cwele said.
Tsolo Special School falls within the OR Tambo District Municipality, which is one of the eight rural districts identified by President Zuma for piloting the rollout of broadband or access to affordable, fast, reliable and secure internet.
During his State of the Nation Address, President Zuma announced that government will fast track the implementation of the first phase of broadband rollout over a three-year period, with funding of R740 million allocated for this purpose.