Dimension Data re-writes the future

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“For us, people are our identity. They resonate the pride we have in being a South African company. We’re really trying to make a difference to both society, as well as our clients”.

In Grade 11, Thabiso Motha scored only 30% on an Algebra test at IT service company, Dimension Data’s, Saturday School. He realised he needed help. A mere year later he graduated from Buhlebuzile Secondary School with an incredible seven distinctions to his name. An abundance of tertiary education choices opened up to him and he decided on studying BSc Mining Engineering at Wits University, made possible through a bursary from Dimension Data. He says he was given an ”exceptional opportunity”, and is paying this gift forward by volunteering as a mentor at his alma mater.

The Dimension Data Saturday School is the pride and joy of Dimension Data’s CEO for the Middle East and Africa, Grant Bodley. It was started 25 years ago and over a thousand students have achieved a 100% pass rate after being tutored in, amongst others, Maths, Science, Coding, Leadership and Entrepreneurial; training. Dimension Data is passionate about connecting individuals, communities, small businesses, large enterprises, and government through technology. However, they need people to make the technology work, and to that end, are making significant investments in learnerships, graduate programmes, and internships, bringing together talented, driven individuals from all over the country.

“For us, people are our identity. They resonate the pride we have in being a South African company. We’re really trying to make a difference to both society, as well as our clients.”

Thabiso is currently a tutor for Computer Studies at the Saturday School but is also participating in Dimension Data’s Graduate Accelerator Programme. Dimension Data Executive Director of Corporate Services, Zellah Fuphe, says the participants are a group of brilliant and inspirational young South Africans. The programme is hands-on and participants are rotated throughout the entire business, gaining experience in everything from HR and finance, to marketing and sales.

Dimension Data’s contribution to the stimulation of the economy is their Enterprise Development Programme. Nkululeko Silimela’s company, NKUSI-IT, has gone from strength-to-strength through its symbiotic relationship with Dimension Data. He says some of the biggest challenges as a start-up are premises and infrastructure. Through their partnership with Dimension Data, they now have offices close by to Dimension Data campus in upmarket Bryanston, where expert advice is but a coffee away. In return, he offers Dimension Data access to the types of customers only he can reach as an SMME. For Dimension Data, it is extremely rewarding to see small businesses grow after nurturing and partnering with them in the market. Grant says, “For us, people are our identity. They resonate the pride we have in being a South African company. We’re really trying to make a difference to both society, as well as our clients”.

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Making A Difference in Society 

The Dimension Data Saturday School is the pride and joy of Dimension Data’s CEO for the Middle East and Africa, Grant Bodley. It was started 25 years ago and over a thousand students have achieved a 100% pass rate after being tutored in, amongst others, Maths, Science, Coding, Leadership and Entrepreneurial; training.

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Building Connections Through Technology

Dimension Data’s contribution to the stimulation of the economy is their Enterprise Development Programme. Nkululeko Silimela’s company, NKUSI-IT, has gone from strength-to-strength through its symbiotic relationship with Dimension Data. He says some of the biggest challenges as a start-up are premises and infrastructure.

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Giving Back Through Education

Dimension Data Executive Director of Corporate Services, Zellah Fuphe, says the participants are a group of brilliant and inspirational young South Africans. The programme is hands-on and participants are rotated throughout the entire business, gaining experience in everything from HR and finance, to marketing and sales.

Learners of Distinction

The Dimension Data Saturday School is the pride and joy of Dimension Data’s CEO for the Middle East and Africa, Grant Bodley. It was started 25 years ago and over a thousand students have achieved a 100% pass rate after being tutored in, amongst others, Maths, Science, Coding, Leadership and Entrepreneurial; training.

Re-writing The Future

Dimension Data is passionate about connecting individuals, communities, small businesses, large enterprises, and government through technology. However, they need people to make the technology work, and to that end, are making significant investments in learnerships, graduate programmes, and internships, bringing together talented, driven individuals from all over the country.

Start-Up to Big Player

Nkululeko Silimela’s company, NKUSI-IT, has gone from strength-to-strength through its symbiotic relationship with Dimension Data. He says some of the biggest challenges as a start-up are premises and infrastructure. Through their partnership with Dimension Data, they now have offices close by to Dimension Data campus in upmarket Bryanston, where expert advice is but a coffee away.