MTN Accelerated Business Development Programme

The overall objective of the programme is to provide support to businesses in the Northern reaches of Mpumalanga. This support consists of providing access for beneficiaries to the 4 main pillars of Datacomb’s interventions: Access to Markets: Helping the business identify and gain recognition in potentially lucrative markets. Access to Technical Training/Skills Development: Datacomb either provides, or facilitates access to, technical training that is crucial to beneficiary growth and sustainability. Workplace experience for beneficiaries has also been identified as a major goal for the duration of the programme. Access to Mentorship: Datacomb provides business guidance and advisory to all beneficiaries for the duration of the programme

MTN required the following:
  • 50 companies annually from the ICT industry based in historically disadvantaged areas in the four provinces; North West, Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga
  • Companies that can have a high impact potential within their communities
  • Companies that have a high job creation potential
  • Companies that will have a high profitability growth potential
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MTN Schools Connectivity Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) 1&2

The overall objective of the programme was to contribute to the increase in and application of ICT in schools and communities, as well as contributing to the socio-economic development in disadvantaged communities. The MTN SA Foundation believes in the best practice of carrying out periodic M&E to ensure that desired outputs, outcomes and impact from the pursuit of its objectives and programme implementation are being achieved. The importance of doing so was accentuated by the wider organisational imperative to work more efficiently and effectively. The scope of the exercise included sites at which MTN SA Foundation implemented the ‘Connectivity in Education and Training’ programme through the sponsoring and installation of ICT labs for selected institutions in 2014 and 2015. It included both primary and secondary research on ‘ICT in School’ sites, selected health and special project sites where similar programmes of ICT in education and training are in place. Geographically, 8 out of the 9 provinces were covered i.e. the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal2 , Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape.