Corporate Social Investment
DFA’s leadership team consists of experts from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds. Each of our executive committee members are leaders in their spheres of influence and come with a wealth of knowledge and experience. They bring this to bear in everything we do and in how we proceed as a business. One thing that our leaders all have in common is that we are passionate about developing telecommunications in South Africa, while uplifting and empowering local communities.
We believe that it is the responsibility of companies like DFA to partner with government, business and civil society to uplift and improve South Africans’ quality of life, particularly those living in rural communities. We do this through sustainable development and transformation as we seek to empower South Africa’s black youth in the telecommunications space.
We endeavour to successfully implement a range of initiatives around developing youth with opportunities for them to hone skills for their future. Some initiatives in 2020/21 include:
- an accredited youth skills-development programme for 21 historically disadvantaged interns from predominantly software-development and electronic-engineering backgrounds
- the implementation of a YES4Youth programme providing 22 learners with in-house, DFA-specific training and formal technical training on working with fibre
- SETA-accredited training for a further 30 historically disadvantaged learners with disabilities as part of our ongoing commitment to training people living with disabilities
- training for ten female learners to become fibre-optic technicians.
All our learners receive a monthly stipend and intensive coaching throughout the 12-month duration of the programmes.
We are particularly proud of being able to retain and absorb learners who had shown high potential and commitment and exceptional performance.
Durbanville Children's Home
The Durbanville Children’s Home supports families and children in need of care with the ultimate aim of restoring a healthy family relationship.
The home is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town and is one of the oldest children’s homes in South Africa. Its proud history spans 138 years, which attests to its successful record of caring for vulnerable children. The home is presently caring for 144 children between the ages of 2 and 18 years.
We’re proud to have partnered with SADV in deploying a managed-service fibre link to the Durbanville Children’s Home. SADV is responsible for the ISP services and the internal reticulation of the school campus.
Vastfontein community project
Together with our subsidiaries, we have provided a fibre link to a school in Hammanskraal to ensure that the school pupils from this underprivileged community have access to the Internet and are able to participate in subjects such as Media Studies.
Irene Middle School
We have undertaken to sponsor, install, manage, and maintain fibre optic cables at this school in Pretoria. As a result, school children have access to the Internet for their school projects and can participate in subjects such as Media Studies.
This initiative seeks to create a platform for a top-rated school in Pretoria to connect and interact with neighbouring schools in disadvantaged areas like Mamelodi and Soshanguve.