The high mobile phone penetration rate, scarcity of computer repair technicians and software developers, as well as low youth entrepreneurship rate in South Africa presents the right context to the invest in Tech entrepreneur education.
To adequately tackle poverty, unemployment and inequalities, there is an urgent need to provide young people in peri-urban and rural areas, who make up the majority of the youth population with such skills.
References: Unicef 2016, Statistics South Africa, 2017, Pauw et al., 2006, Statistica (https://www.statista.com/statistics/488376/forecast-of-smartphone-users-in-south-africa/)
It is in this context that GLLI is establishing its first LL-Tech Academy in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.
LL-Tech Academy will be a training and incubation hub providing technical and hands-on accredited ICT and entrepreneurship training, followed by a business incubation experience to provide incubatees with strategic and value-added support to young unemployed and underemployed youths from underserved communities to establish, develop and grow their businesses.
The pilot project will be launched in early 2019 with 10 trainees to be recruited from OR Tambo district.
Global Leading Light Initiatives 2018