QASA opened its second Cybercopy Business and Networking Centre for persons with disabilities, on 15 October in Pinetown.
This centre incorporates a copy shop and internet cafe, which will bolster its sustainability. The Business Centre is in Shop 4, Umdoni Centre and the regional quadriplegic association will be the custodian of this empowerment and capacity building venture, by having an outreach officer on site.
This dream has come about through a grant from Vodacom Foundation, who considered a proposal by QASA for the venture.
Monde Mama, from Vodacom Foundation proudly said: “This is another successful partnership between Vodacom Foundation and the NPO sector in order to empower and build capacity in people with disabilities, to help them become self sustainable through small business activities.
The Cybercopy Business and Networking Centre will be owned by QASA and the centre will encourage and allow persons with disabilities to use it to prepare CV's, set up meetings with prospective clients, develop business plans, debate, research business opportunities, communicate through the email facilities and establish strong networks in the area.
Another unique feature of the Centre is that it will be run by two entrepreneurs with disabilities who have chosen this business opportunity after having completed a one-year learnership through QASA, in partnership with the Services SETA. This Business Centre is the second in the association’s stable, the other being the Shangri La self help centre.
Ari Seirlis, National Director of QASA, commented: “We have grown and developed through successful partnerships with government and the corporate sector and here is another example through this investment from Vodacom Foundation.