Telkom to invest ZAR 250 million in coding fund
24 November 2017
South African operator Telkom will invest ZAR250 million over the next three years in a fund to train young people in coding, reports Businesstech. Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said it thinks of programming as a future twelfth official language of South Africa, in which fluency will be essential.
Earlier this year, Telkom subsidiary BCX launched a ZAR 60 million partnership with WeThinkCode, a programme to educate software engineers. The funds will be used to expand WeThinkCode's Johannesburg office and open a new campus in Cape Town. WeThinkCode said it will have more than doubled the number of entry-level coders in South Africa by the end of 2018, thanks to this investment.