On 25 June 2009 the Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre, in Pretoria, was opened.
The launch of the Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre will enable people with disabilities in the Tswane area to improve their computer skills and their chances of finding employment. The new computer centre has also created employment for two persons with disabilities.
Johannes Johnny Mashele was employed as the Computer Trainer and Kapi Magdelina Mapohoshe is the Administrative Assistant.
Johnny is a knowledgeable and vibrant 26 year old paraplegic from Mamelodi East. Johnny holds a National Certificate in Information Technology and gained computing experience whilst previously working as a Personal Assistant at an IT company.
Kapi is a pleasant and reserved 29 year old amputee from Heidelberg. Kapi has completed an Introduction to Computers course and is currently studying part-time towards her NQF 3 in Business Administration at Boston College. Kapi has also been involved in volunteer work with the Othandweni Association of the Disabled.
Johnny and Kapi both speak fluent English and Johnny speaks Tsonga whilst Kapi speaks both Zulu and South Sotho. Between them they speak four South African languages and this will greatly benefit the learners who attend the computer training as, though the training is English, Johnny and Kapi can translate for those who do not speak English as a first language.
Johnny and Kapi completed their training at the KZN computer centre during July and will start training at the Pretoria computer centre during August.
Dean Murray, the KZN computer trainer, and Precious Sholoko, the KZN administrative assistant, spent two weeks sharing their skills and knowledge with Johnny and Kapi. Johnny and Kapi are now fully equipped to offer basic computer literacy classes at the Gauteng North Community Computer Access Centre.