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The people of Alexandra can now learn about computers right on their doorstep.

This follows the launch of a state-of-the-art Computer Laboratory Centre in the township on Friday 5 September. The centre, which has 24 new computers, was set up in a partnership between the City of Johannesburg and PC Training & Business College.

More than 300 community members, mainly young people, gathered at the Alexandra Multi-Purpose Centre in 8th Avenue to witness the proceedings.

The overjoyed community members chanted songs and ululated as the Member of the Mayoral Committee deployed in Region E, Sello Lemao and Chief Executive Officer of PC Training and Business College, Jay Ramnundlall cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the centre.

According to MMC Lemao, the initiative is part of the City’s priority of developing a smart city in which residents are empowered to make a living through technology.

“This centre will shape your future and and connect you to the world as it is one of the WI-FI hotspots where you will be able to access internet for fee. We want young people to say empower us to become what we want to achieve rather than waiting for handouts, the youth of Alexandra must say ‘we believe handouts are not for us but meant for those who can’t do it themselves. We have our own hands and we want to be skilled and be able to build our houses and not wait for RDP houses’ I am happy that the first of its kind in the city is starting here in Alex” said MMC Lemao.

Jay expressed delight to be in partnership with the City and said PC Training and Business College shares a rich history with Alexandra.

“Our partnership with the City goes back 15 years. When we expanded from Durban we started with a Campus in Carlton Centre and the other in Alexandra. We have donated 24 brand new computers to the new centre and we will have our staff members training people that will be using the Centre, like assisting first time job seekers with their CVs”.

He said this was part of their community engagement initiative and they saw it fit to give back to the needy community of Alexandra and hope to expand to the other parts of Gauteng as well.

Martha Tiny, an 18 year old student from Alexandra High walked away as the biggest winner with R4290 worth of PC and training Bursary to study for 2015, after her name was picked in a ruffle with five other winners of the Netboxs.

Liziwe Ntshinga-Makoro, Regional Director urged the youth and community to use the facility at their disposal. “This Centre must not be a white elephant. It must be utilised”.

She thanked PC Training and Business College for their contribution in developing the smart city.“ We have no words to thank you enough for what you have done for our community and hope this will spread to the city wide. We would love to have more of these Centre’s in the city.”

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