Orange Farm ICT Hub
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the economic development unit and industry, launched a pilot ICT hub in Orange Farm, in 2004.
The hub will be established in a newly built Skills Centre, where technology will be housed, and training and business support services will offered to the local community.
The project is currently housed in the Orange Farm library, with construction of the Skills Centre expected to be complete by mid-August.
The CSIR is training 12 people at the centre - six as business advisers and six as content creators. The business advisers will be responsible for assisting with the development of business ideas while the content creators will be responsible for work similar to desktop publishing.
Cohen says the plan is ultimately to have hubs in other areas where there is a shortage of telecommunications services and infrastructure, including Alexandra, Diepsloot and Tshepisong.
However, the pilot at Orange Farm will have to be tested and perhaps "tweaked" before being applied in the other sites.