On the 7th of November 2016 South Africa officially joined Huawei’s prestigious global training programme. In partnership with the Department of Telecommunication’s and Postal Services (DTPS), Huawei sent the first intake of 10 South African students to China for international training in Beijing and Shenzhen. The students received training in cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, LTE, and cloud computing, and got access to Huawei's most advanced labs.
Seeds for the future is well rounded training programme offering cultural experiences as well. At the send-off ceremony last year, Huawei South Africa CEO, Mr. Steven Wu said, “It prides us to finally see this initiative kick-off in South Africa as well. The question often arose when this will happen for South Africa? We are glad that through our focus in investing in local institutions of higher learning, and our perseverance in strategic partnership with the DTPS, the breakthrough is in the horizon, and we wish our young talent returns with the required optimism and skills” The beneficiary students were outstanding students from various tertiary institutions across South Africa, they were handpicked for by the DTPS. The partnership between Huawei and the DTPS is a long standing one which aims to up-skill and train ICT professionals. This initiative is part of the roll out of the Cooperation Contract signed between both parties earlier in 2016, which centered on capacity building, the joint Innovation and Experience Centre, and skills training.
At the send-off ceremony in November 2016, DTPS Minister Dr. Siyabonga Cwele said, “We are committed as the government to see South Africa be globally competitive. There is no better place to invest then in our youth who are the future of this country. The seeds should remember that they carry the hopes and dreams of this nation. We thank Huawei providing this platform and for the partnership.” Also attending the ceremony was the Chinese Economic and Commercial Counsellor Mr. Rong Yansong who said: “Thanks to SA government and the DTPS Minister himself for providing support to Chinese Enterprises in South Africa, the cooperation between China and South Africa will benefit the African continent and. wished the students can be experienced ambassadors on their return to South Africa.” Other African countries that have been part of the initiative include, Kenya Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana. The second group of ten students are due to leave South Africa in mid-October 2017.
ABOUT SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE
Seeds for the Future is Huawei’s global CSR flagship program. It is our most heavily invested CSR activity, and we will continue to invest in the program over the long term. Initiated by Huawei in 2008, the program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.