Nzabela Mobile Computer Training

Mobile computer training to rural/communities at no cost to them, training is non venue based, An estimate of a total 3.2 million S.A

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Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Nzabela Technologies

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City

South Africa, Gauteng

Location(s) of impact

South Africa, Gauteng South Africa, Eastern Cape South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa, Limpopo South Africa, Mpumalanga


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

NZABELA Mobi objective is to teach the Youth in rural/urban communities Basic Computer Skills, and in all nine (9) provinces of South Africa. It is intended to empower the YOUTH in the rural and urban areas to acquire basic computer knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently in the End User Computing environment in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

In South Africa, an estimate of a total 3.2 million are computer illiterate, which means only 7.7 % of the population is. NZABELA Mobile will be a unique, non-venue based mobile computer training facility, which can reach the computer-illiterate communities in even the remotest corners of South-Africa. We are proposing the roll-out of mobile classroom where learners can get quality computer training from experienced facilitators at no cost to them. The classrooms will feature 12m long containers on wheels, each with 6 desk spaces to accommodate 16 learners at a time. One of the major advantages of these classroom units is the fact that they can be moved from one place to the next, bringing training to the rural population without having to travel long distances and spend a lot of money, which they do not have, to access them. We have partnered with BasadiPele to train the youth in Dish installation and Call centre, which they will be assisted in job placement in call centre environment

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

The initiative (project) was recently launched in the Eastern Cape. We are in the process of commencing with training.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Nzabela Mobi is a self-funded initiative. We are in talks with corporate companies that are keen on advertising their products on the exterior of the container unit at an agreed cost. We will also apply for Government grants to sustain free training to students.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

NZABELA Mobi Computer Training is very unique compared to other training courses offered by other companies, is that our training is non- venue based mobile computer training facility, and our manuals will be in English, but the classes will be conducted in South African languages. The learners have to get used to English terminology, but they can ask questions in their own language and understand the study material better.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

A large number of schools in South Africa; especially in rural area; do not offer computer training. Students from these schools usually get exposure to computer training if they get an opportunity to attend tertiary education. This puts them at a disadvantage because they lack the skills required in the current technology driven economic environment. Nzabela Mobi will not only offer these students the opportunity to develop computer skills; we will also offer opportunities for job creation by training rural citizens satellite installation and call center manning through our partnership with BasadiPele Skills Development and Training.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact


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Photo of Victoria De La Mora

Amazing idea and very well adapted to the learners, I would try to find a way to make it financially sustainable!

Photo of Landile Xandekana

Hi Victoria
Thank you for your comment.
Look we are in talks with the National Government of South Africa to pay a certain amount per learner, to cover our travelling, accommodation and petrol, again thank you.

Photo of Victoria De La Mora

Good luck with that Landile!

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