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Siyanda centre

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About the centre

Located in the ZF Mgcawu district municipality of the Northern Cape, the Upington ICT resource centre serves five local high schools with an average of 1 100 learners per school, and 10 primary schools, each with an average of 800 learners. The schools are mostly within walking distance of the centre.

The centre provides a range of services, including:

  • Bringing Grade 9 learners from three surrounding high schools up to speed in Computer Applications Technology in preparation for Grades 10 to 12.
  • Training Grade 10 learners in computer-aided design (CAD) in preparation for Engineering Graphics and Design.
  • Basic internet training for all learners to equip them to produce assignments more efficiently.
  • Training unemployed community members in business skills such as basic accounting, business economics and entrepreneurship.


The Internet Cafe is a great hit in the area especially amongst learner from the surrounding primary and high schools. The average visits includes approximately 500 learners, job seekers and adults per month

The Vodacom network allows the Centre to connect remotely to schools via remote management software such as Webinars. This will open a whole new field of school support as most of schools in the area are online or have access to the internet.

Another advantage the Centre will bring to education in the area is that team presentations and training sessions can now be held online, reducing transport costs significantly.

Voice over Internet Protocol, and the technology’s chat functionality, will allow schools and the district to communicate at much lower cost, and allow the Centre to provide a greater contribution to the schools. 


Courses on offer

The  ICT Resource Centre presents the following courses from Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 16:00 PM.

1. Cisco Information Technology Essentials (A+)
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software is a hands-on, career oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop fundamental computer skills, along with essential career skills. The Cisco® IT Essentials curriculum helps students prepare for entry-level ICT career opportunities and the CompTIA A+ certification, which helps students differentiate themselves in the marketplace to advance their careers.
Duration: 6 Months

2. Cisco Certified Network Associate 1 (CCNA1)
The goal of this course is to introduce students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. These online course materials will assist them in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications.
Duration: 3 Months

3. Cisco Certified Network Associate 2 (CCNA2)

The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers. The curriculum consists of 4, 70-hour courses: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks, and Connecting Networks. The first 2 courses prepare you for the Cisco CCENT certification exam or to study CCNA Security. All 4 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam.

  • Develop a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services.
  • Study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime.
  • Practice what you learn on both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
  • Prepare for the workplace with collaborative projects and presentations.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

Duration: 3 Months

4. Sizanani Community ICT Literacy: Basic computer training
Sizanani is an ICT Literacy programme for out of school youth and high school youth. It was designed by SchoolNet SA using the principles of learning with ICT.

The course is consists of 11 modules that are designed as one comprehensive community service project. Youth work in groups to design and prepare a range of artefacts (documents created with ICT resources) that can be used by community organisations.
Duration: 4 Days

5. Get Connected.
Introduces you to basic computer and Internet navigation skills. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify different types of computer systems, components, printers, and other devices.
  • Understand Microsoft Windows and how to work with files and folders.
  • Understand computer networking, how to browse and search the Internet, and how to use email.
  • Create accounts for Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Identify common problems and implement simple solutions for hardware, software, and networks.

6. Via Afrika Digital Education Academy Android tablet-based course

  • All about Tablet Devices
  • Making contact with the world
  • My tablet device is mine.
  • Youtube in the classroom
  • Creating my own teaching and learning content.
  • Apps for teachers for demonstrations and content creation


Centre management
The Upington ICT resource centre is headed by Bennett Johannesen, the Deputy Chief Education Specialist and IT unit head for the Siyanda school district. Johannesen is assisted by two Tutor/Trainers.

Johannesen is responsible for ICT development at 98 schools, working with his technicians to install hardware and software, set up internet connections, maintain networks, help with the planning and implementation of computer labs, and similar IT support.

He also provides computer support at the Siyanda district office, as well as training staff in software and helping to develop technology-based education programmes, such as digital storytelling, video lessons for multi-grade classrooms and technology integration. Johannesen is the Siyanda IT representative at the provincial Department of Education IT committee.

Johannesen is a senior trainer for SchoolNet. Courses he presents are timetable design software, school finance training and Sizanani Computer Literacy for Communities.


Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 7h30 – 16h00
Lunch break from 13h00 - 14h00


Contact the centre

Physical address Phone numbers On line
Siyanda District Office building
2 JG Smith Street
Morning Glory
Upington, 8801

GPS Co-Ordinates:
28°27'41.1"S 21°12'56.1"E

054 337 6300

Bennett Johannesen
082 828 0533

Leonize Meyer
063 020 3195

Hendrico April
071 572 6588