Computer News - In Brief


- Zimbabwe's Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities, Emmerson Mnangagwa, last Monday disbursed 20 state-of-the-art computers to two schools in Kwekwe. Manunure High School and Mbizo Secondary School received l0 computers each. The computers were part of the 40 which were allocated to schools in Midlands Province under President Mugabe's programme to donate computers to schools. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Cde Mnangagwa said the computers were very important as technology was advancing. He said President Mugabe started a computer programme at schools because he wanted to have citizens who were computer literate.

- The Community Education Computer Society (CECS), a non-profit organisation, is offering seven computer courses for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) and communities. Each course takes up to three weeks to complete. CECS, launched in 1985, is one of SA's oldest national computer-training organisations, training mostly previously disadvantaged individuals. The organisation trains an average of 30 students per session.The courses are: an information literacy course certificated by Wits University; an international computer driver's licence recognised by the ICDL Foundation; a secretarial and administration diploma recognised by Pitmans; a PC repair and networking course recognised by CompTIA; PC fundamentals; Web design; and a free keyboard and mouse skills course. All the courses, except the informational literacy course, are certified. The course fee is R3 500 with some of them priced at at least 50% less than what is charged commercially. The amount covers the course material, trainers' cost, equipment required and overheads.

- The first Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Mozambique to be opened as part of UNESCO’s multi-country scale up initiative was inaugurated on 9 May in Xinavane. The ribbon was cut by Mozambique’s Minister of Science and Technology, Venancio Massingue. Mr Massingue was watched by the Governor of Maputo Province, the UNESCO representative, numerous representatives of local community organisations, schools and traditional authorities, as well as guests from district and national level institutions and external partners. Xinavane Administrative Post, where the new CMC is located, is a small locality in Manhiça district, Maputo Province, around 100 kms from Maputo in the south of the country. This CMC represents a number of “firsts” for Mozambique: it is the first at this level rather than district capital level; it is the first to be developed in partnership with the private sector – the local sugar company has provided installations, carried out the necessary works and will supply electricity; and it is the first experiment in establishing a small CMC not far from an existing one at district level, which will be able to give support and advice.