Global technology firm, Siemens, has invested R5.5 million ($413,747) in five African regions with the aim to drive sustainable skills development across the continent.
The firm supplied industrial automation equipment that enables integrated engineering to 13 engineering faculties at universities and colleges in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya.
Advanced digitilisation opportunities
Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, commented in a statement: “The uneven development of the past can only be overcome with locally engineered solutions.”
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Dall’Omo added: “Convergence of man and machine intelligence will enable a new era of speed, flexibility, efficiency and connectivity in the 21st century.
“The conversation about man vs machine is not an either-or scenario. Ongoing education and training has a positive effect for both business and society.
“A strong pipeline of talent with the relevant skills and knowledge is beneficial to governments and businesses, while young people advance into jobs and careers with increased economic opportunity if they have the right skills.”
Skills development in digitalisation
Factory automation and electrical engineering equipment donations have been made to the following South African institutions:
- Northlink College, Western Cape
- Boland College, Western Cape
- Stellenbosch University, Western Cape
- Port Elizabeth College, Eastern Cape
- Nelson Mandela University, Eastern Cape
- North West University, North West
- University of Pretoria, Gauteng
- Sol-Tech College, Gauteng
- Mangosuthu University of Technology, KZN
In South Africa, the Berlin-headquartered firm has worked closely with these training institutions for a number of years through its corporate social responsibility efforts.
With this handover, the company collaborated with each institution to ensure they received the products suited to their specific training needs.
The firm added in a statement that a Siemens ‘ambassador’ is appointed to engage with these tertiary institutions and facilitate the transfer of industry best practice and knowledge to the students.
“Our commitment to skills development and our relationships with these institutions goes beyond just this donation,” Dall’Omo added.
“We invest for the long-term and believe that by playing an active role in skills development, locally engineered solutions could catalyze the re-industrialisation of the economy and trigger growth on an unprecedented scale.”
Early next year, Siemens will hand over further donations of automation and electrical engineering equipment to institutions in Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya.
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