Exxaro, a South African mineral resources and mining company, has partnered with Ebonoko Foundation, Rebone Investment Holdings and Social Coding SA for a #WomenIn4IR programme which will provide South African women with mentoring as well as coding skills. The organizations have stated that the programmes’s aim is to improve females’ digital skills and acumen and to expand the number of South African women who benefit from the digital transformation currently taking place in the world and South Africa.
The Exxaro #WomenIn4IR programme will provide South African women with mentoring as well as coding skills in a bid to improve females’ digital skills and acumen.
“Powering better lives for South Africans is Exxaro’s mission and vision and that is why we have prioritised upskilling women in technology. We know that the levels of women who are currently participating in the technology sector is unacceptably low. If South Africa does not empower its women, we will never achieve the levels of development required to improve the lives of South Africa. Exxaro is determined to make a positive lasting impact on South Africa and the national economy by creating sustainable black women-owned technology businesses and to improve the technology skills of South Africa’s women,” said Lusapho Njenge, Manager of Enterprise and Supplier Development at Exxaro.
Women and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The announcement of the #WomenIn4IR programme comes at a time when some analysts in South Africa have been noting that there has been little discussion around how women specifically may be affected by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Specifically debating how South Africa should also consider how emerging technologies can be used to empower and help women rather than shutting them out.
The programme comprises of two-day workshops where top businesswomen provide advice on how to run technology companies. Attendees will also be provided with coding lessons. The workshop takes place at the Fortis Hotel Witbank in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday (14 August 2019) and Thursday (15 August 2019).
Phuti Mahanyele-Dabeng, CEO of SA Naspers Ltd, will deliver the keynote address while Nomso Kana, CEO of Sunnshield Technologies, speaker Zipho Sikhakhane and author and businesswoman Nicky Verd will also impart their knowledge.