Economically disadvantaged first year students from different South African Universities walked away with the latest Mecer laptops on Friday as Zimbabwean company based in South Africa, Zororo – Phumulani donated the computers for the third consecutive year.
Zororo-Phumulani a funeral insurance products and repatriation service provider, runs an annual programme to assist students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This year, 80 students from institutions including Wits and the University of KwaZulu – Natal, received the latest version of brand – new Mecer laptops.
“As a company, we believe so much in youth development and empowerment. There is no better way to do this but through education and sport.
“We know that by donating these laptops, it will not take way every problem students face at university but it will definitely reduce pressure that comes with studying at higher level,” Zororo-Phumulani founder and chief executive Edwin Anderson said at an event attended by the students, university representatives, education department of South Africa representatives, and staff from the Zimbabwe embassy to South Africa.
“Our dream as a company is one day to be able to offer bursaries and have a Zororo-Phumulani foundation which will be responsible for bringing out some of the best minds especially from disadvantaged backgrounds to be the next doctors, accountants, engineers and scientists who will turn around the fortunes of Africa to position it as a global leader in development and leadership,”he said.
Zimbabwean ambassador to South Africa, David Hamadziripi applauded the Zororo-Phumulani initiative and urged other companies to pull a leaf from Anderson’s book.
Media entities including The Star newspaper and Pretoria News, have also partnered with Zororo-Phumulani in the laptop donation programme. – Correspondent