Opportunities for women in ICT

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Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Pinky Kekana has called for the message that technology is an opportunity for women to participate in the economy and give them a chance at a better life, to be spread far and wide.

We all need to take responsibility to educate young people about the dynamics and range of careers in the technology world, and especially young women and girls,” the Deputy Minister said.

She was speaking at the Women in ICT competition in Johannesburg on Friday which sought to open doors to future growth for women entrepreneurs.

Standard Bank and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) ran the competition where women running their own ICT companies stood a chance to win R300 000 to break through the barriers preventing their businesses from growing into substantial enterprises.

Simangele Mphahlele, CEO and founder of Ejoobi, was crowned the winner after a tough competition.

The other finalists, who made it to the top five, were:

-Nneili Mkholisi, with company 3D – Imo

-Rumbie Zawu, with company UApp

-Palesa Moloi, with company ParkUpp, and

-Lesedi Kgaka, with company OccuPi Space

Ejoobi enables organisations to communicate, collect and create a database of hard to reach job seekers.

The company’s vision is to bring job seekers closer to their dream jobs and expose Internet-less job seekers to employment opportunities. Job seekers can send their CVs via SMS and receive job alerts.

Mphahlele told SAnews the company was founded in 2016 and has so far placed 60 unemployed people in permanent positions.

“We have been successful in placing a number of job seekers into permanent positions. Once the job seekers have uploaded their CVs, they get alerts and they can also respond to the alerts or communicate directly with the employers,” Mphahlele said.

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