Mascom Wireless on Thursday awarded Kitsong Centres to 14 young entrepreneurs from across the country to operate as their businesses. This week’s handover takes the number of centres given to the youth to 95 with Mascom now having invested P20 million into the project to date. The 14 entrepreneurs who were given the centres were chosen from a group of 36 people who are said to have all went through a workshop before the winners were selected. The centres are given to the unemployed youth in rural areas with a view of bridging the digital gap divide by taking ICT services to rural areas.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Tshenolo Mabeo, said such initiative aims to facilitate economic inclusion and drive employment creation. He said the project began as a partnership between the government and Mascom through the Nteletsa II Rural Telecommunications Development Project.The centres will also be used to impart computer literacy skills as the winners have been equipped with skills and accredited to offer basic computer teaching. All the centres are fully equipped and also serve as the Mascom agents selling airtime and services such as My Zaka. Services offered include internet, fax services, photocopying and selling of airtime. Since the introduction of the initiative, it is said 100 jobs have created.