Transforming the Siyabuswa Community Centre into a Smart Centre

Muma Case Review  •  Volume 3  •  2018  •  pp. 001-014
Dr. Jackie Phahlamohlaka reflected on what he would propose to the board regarding the transformation of the existing Siyabuswa Educational Improvement and Development Trust (SEIDET) community centre to a smart community centre. As the Competency Area Manager at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa, the founder of SEIDET and the chairman of its Board of Trustees, he had for over twenty-four years led socio-economic development efforts and ICT related research linked to SEIDET (SEIDET, 2014). These programmes ranged from high school supplementary tutorials on mathematics and science to adult and computer literacy training of the broader community in the Siyabuswa area of Mpumalanga Province, Republic of South Africa. These questions were: (1) How could SEIDET leverage or create affordable cyber network infrastructure in the envisaged smart centre? (2) How could the smart centre assist the local community and individuals in the community to be enabled to participate in local economic development? (3) How could SEIDET get the local government administration, traditional leaders and the local community to buy-in to this smart centre development project in order to ensure its sustainability?
South Africa, community center, digital village, economic development
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