Thabo Community Action Trust Trustee, Rev. Sam Chaka, and David Uwah of Apexeon Technology Centre, cutting the ribbon in front of the centre. PHOTO: THANDI XABA
Credit to Bloemfontein Courant 9 June 2016:
Botshabelo will soon see the beginning of a high demand of all things technology and gadgets. As part of its community projects, Thabo Community Action Trust has included an IT centre on the list.
Apexeon Technology Centre is set to provide sustainable employment and will be a business innovation incubator. Regional director: central at Apexeon and Deputy Chairperson of the Black Management Forum, David Uwah, says the centre aims to render skills development, specialise in fibre connectivity installation and management, and officially launch its footprint in the area.
“The centre will include assembling and manufacturing electronic devices like tablets and smartphones, ICT training and consulting and telecommunication services. We are in talks with the FET College and Central University of Technology to get some of their young IT graduates to join the centre,” he says.
The centre has graffiti adorning its walls and boasts two training areas, a call centre, assembling area and offices among other sections where the work will be carried out.
The official launch of the centre will be in July as part of the Thabo Community Action Trust project, which has contributed R1 million to bring this outstanding project into action.
“The name Apexeon is derived from two words: Apex meaning the highest point, and Eon meaning the era. In short, the name aims to strive to represent the very big possibility and ingenuity in our time and beyond. Apexeon is excited about the opportunity to reach this point of technological possibilities and innovation here in Botshabelo. These possibilities will aid our company’s vision towards the social and economic development of Botshabelo and the Free State region. This sees the start of a public and private sector partnership. We have realised the importance of skills development in this industry,” he says.
Uwah adds that the Apexeon Technology Centre will also play a key role in this community by providing jobs in this area and assist people with great business ideas to turn them into great businesses in technology.
“We want to start training programmes as soon as we can. We want to work closely with higher education institutions in the region. We require support of government agencies to fast-track our initiative and for the private sector to be as active as possible. We want to start the roll-out of computer tablets to learners in the schools in the region and beyond,” he explains.
Apexeon is an international company that is being established as a multidisciplinary innovative ICT player in the South African and African markets. – Thandi Xaba