The Teraco Connect Foundation

The Teraco Connect Foundation (“the Foundation”) has been established by Teraco Data Environments (Pty) Ltd (“Teraco”).

Teraco’s over-arching business principle is that of “Open Access”. The philosophy of Open Access is built on the premise that businesses colocated within a Teraco data centre facility are freely able to interconnect to one another thereby reducing the costs of such interconnectivity and encouraging ecosystems to grow and flourish.

Similar to Teraco, the Foundation has an Open Access social investment mandate:

  • Community upliftment through socio economic development projects; and
  • Promoting sustainable access to the broader economy and developing broad based participation in the information, communication and technology (“ICT”) sector.

Consistent with the social investment mandate, the Teraco Connect Foundation has four primary areas of focus:

Education
The Foundation is focused on improving ICT access and capacity of educational institutions.

Health
The Foundation is focused on improving ICT access and capacity to organisations that have a mandate to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

Arts and Culture
The Foundation is focused on improving ICT access and capacity to organisations that have a mandate to uplift communities through the promotion of arts and culture.

Business Development and Entrepreneurs
The Foundation is focused on improving ICT access and capacity of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) and thereby enabling sustainable broad based participation in the broader economy. Approved beneficiaries would include: Black micro and small businesses; Black owned businesses that make a contribution to transformation; all enterprises that make a substantial contribution to transformation

Transformation & BBBEE

Teraco is committed to sustainable transformation within the organisation and the empowerment of those who have been economically marginalised and disadvantaged through the discriminatory practices of the past. Teraco has achieved the BBBEE status of Level 3 contributor, with 110% BEE procurement recognition.

Teraco aims to create a work environment that promotes equal opportunities for all, and acknowledges that it has an important role to play in normalising our society through positive contributions in the ICT sector.

Skills Development / Learnerships

This year’s focus for Teraco has been the journey of 50 unemployed students (25 based in Cape Town/ 25 based in Midrand) who were enrolled in a Pivotal Skills programme through the MICT Seta to complete a 3 month MCSA/MCSE course.

The facilitators involved with this project are:

Broadband College of Technology - a 100% black women owned Level 1 BBBEE IT Training Institution offering locally and internationally accredited ICT learning programmes and courses.

KMJ Services were the project managers, a 100% black owned Level 3 BBBEE company who provide learning and development solutions that seek to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of employed or unemployed learners.

Supplier Development

Teraco is privileged to be a founding partner of the Tshimologong Precinct. As Africa’s largest data centre Teraco support the foresight and vision of Wits University and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) in creating a vibrant digital technology hub in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Tshimologong will support much needed skills development, job creation, entrepreneurship and the rejuvenation of Johannesburg’s inner city.

Tshimologong meaning new beginnings in seTswana is an initiative by Wits University, through its Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). The Precinct will provide an exciting environment that will see programmers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs congregating in a half city block in Braamfontein. Teraco is a strategic partner along with the likes of Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Telkom, ACSA and the City of Johannesburg (for more information please visit www.jcse.org.za/hub).

Enterprise Development

Teraco has chosen to support supplier enterprises that are independent, have a turnover of less than R50m, with black ownership greater than 51%, in an effort to support smaller businesses, encourage the growth of these enterprises, which will in turn create jobs and economic opportunities for black owned supplier companies and black entrepreneurs.

As part of this program, the Teraco Connect Trust supports: BCNK, Collaborate, VOIMAR, the Foundation for Internet Development (Soweto Wireless), Mavoni Telecoms, and S’Fikile Consulting with a provision of services and support at 100% discount.

Socio-Economic Development

Teraco Connect Trust

As a large contributor and investor within the ICT sector in South Africa, Teraco recognizes the significance of building the necessary skills through improved access to education. Education is a cornerstone in building the skills required by our society in order to ensure a prosperous South Africa for all. Teraco has partnered with organisations that support this vision.

Tomorrow Trust

The Tomorrow Trust supports orphaned and vulnerable children throughout their educational journey. Providing holistic education, we focus on academics and life skills, thereby empowering them to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of society. For more detailed information on the programmes offered please visit: www.tomorrow.org.za

Teraco in partnership with the Tomorrow Trust participates in the following programmes:

Tomorrow Trust Holiday and Saturday School
The Tomorrow Trust Holiday and Saturday School Programme provides orphaned and vulnerable children with additional academic support in a holistic manner to ensure that they achieve good academic passes in Grade 12 thereby preventing them from dropping out of school and enabling them to access a tertiary education.

Post-Secondary Program
Our Post-Secondary program is geared towards assisting students through college and university. We are committed to providing support for these young adults throughout the year. Monthly workshops are arranged where life skills, study skills, self-awareness and self-mastery issues are developed and taught. This furthers their growth as they develop in to competent, proactive individuals. Upon graduation, students enter the South African job market as skilled and reliable individuals, ready to further and sustain the growth of our country.

Post-secondary students are required to give back at least 10 hours a year to the younger groups within the Grade R – Grade 12 program at Tomorrow Trust. They then become motivators and role models to the younger students and at the same time learn the wonder of being able to make a positive impact on another’s life.