Cisco Commits To Digitally Empower One Million In Africa

At the Global Citizen 'Mandela 100' festival, which was hosted in Johannesburg recently, the multinational tech firm Cisco announced its mission to help one million people across Africa (and ten million people worldwide) to secure employment in the digital economy.

In a statement, the company revealed that a campaign to drive this objective would be rolled out over the next five years and the estimated value is US$1.5 billion.

Cisco also used the event to announce that Wawira Njiru from Kenya was the winner of the Global Citizen Youth Leadership award.
According to the company, this award puts focus on youth leaders between 18 and 30 who have made a significant impact on one of the UN's Global Goals, and who also inspires other people to do the same.
The much sought-after award comes with a US$250 000 prize.
Njiru is the Executive Director and Founder of Food for Education, an organisation that helps disadvantaged children in the public school system in Kenyan to improve their lives by providing nutritious, subsidised school lunches.
In the next three years, her objective is to increase the number of school lunches from the current 2000 to a massive 20,000 a day in the first year; 50,000 a day in the second year and 100,000 a day in year 3.

Cisco's General Manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Clayton Naidoo said that Cisco is proud to be part of such a remarkable campaign that empowers citizens globally and contributes to improving the lives of underprivileged communities in Africa and around the world. He added that this commitment is in line with Nelson Mandela's dream to alleviate poverty, especially in the African continent.

Naidoo expressed that Cisco was also blown away by the vast support from global citizens who helped make this a possibility. He said that it shows that if we all stand together for the same purpose, it can very well become a reality.

In November 2018, Cisco South Africa unveiled the R10-million incubation hub, the Cisco Edge Incubation Centre.
The centre was opened to provide businesses with access to Cisco technology, as well as training programs.
Primarily, SMMEs will now have access to broadband connectivity, digital workspaces, collaboration platforms and video conferencing, along with boardroom and training facilities.
The company plans to open more centres across the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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