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Half a million Capetonians benefit from City’s free SmartCape programmes<p>The City’s SmartCape Digital Inclusion Training programme that was conducted in Khayelitsha yesterday is part of a programme that takes a maximum of 10 candidates at a time and covers typing a CV, cover letter, spreadsheets, the Internet and Cyber Security. Candidates include community members of different ages and different backgrounds. <br></p><div>The average age of yesterday’s participants ranged from 18 to 55 years of age. The main reasons cited for attendance was a desire to learn how to apply for jobs, to run their business administration and to build the confidence to assist their children with homework that requires computer literacy.</div><div><br></div><div>‘I am quite excited to have met this keen group of community members who participated in the training. The first day was about basic computer skills such as opening and closing LibreOffice Writer, navigating Ribbon software, formatting and so forth. On the second day, the group goes on to practise these skills to write up their CVs and create budget spreadsheets. The third day of the training goes into the Internet-of-things and Cyber Security. So it is a very rounded introductory programme,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.</div><div>The SmartCape program was initiated in July 2002, with five computers being installed in six public libraries across the City on a pilot basis. By the end of 2002, there were 3 000 registered SmartCape users.</div><div>To date, SmartCape has over 500 000 registered users who can get 45-minutes free internet use per session per day, across 670 computers in 104 libraries. A number of people can now apply for jobs online and run their businesses online on their own. </div><div><br></div><div>‘Most people find it quite intimidating to try something out for the first time, and this can often put people off from using computers. SmartCape is where many residents are exposed to the internet on a desktop for the first time. Over the years, the City has learnt that it is simply not enough to provide residents with the necessary equipment, without guiding them through the process of how to optimally utilise technology to their benefit,’ concluded Alderman Theresa Uys.</div><div><br></div><div>Residents that are interested in signing up for the Digital Inclusion Training or making use of any of the SmartCape services can visit their nearest City of Cape Town library and sign up. </div><div><br></div><div>Beyond the Digital Inclusion Training, the City soon plans to introduce:</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Coding and Robotics Programme</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Social Media Careers</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>SmartCape Cadettes</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>LAN Gaming Events</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>Public WiFI</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>SmartCape Digital Kiosk</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>and Councillor Reading Rooms</div><div><br></div><div>High-resolution photographs from the Khayelitsha visit are available <a href="https://bit.ly/3IfndKg">here.</a> <br></div><div><br></div>2024-02-27T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#52067ea8-f5f1-4932-89ca-f948312f8164;L0|#052067ea8-f5f1-4932-89ca-f948312f8164|Khayelitsha;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#335f4547-2e97-4fef-8dfb-be42e0eedc06;GP0|#0130b6d1-9632-4c26-917c-fa5a67b6591f;L0|#00130b6d1-9632-4c26-917c-fa5a67b6591f|SmartCape10

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