Via Afrika is the trading name of Nasou Via Afrika Pty Ltd (Registration number 1996/012379/07). Via Afrika’s ownership is made up of a 30% shareholding by Thebe Investment Holdings (Via Afrika’s Black Economic Empowerment Partner) and a 70% shareholding by Media24, part of the Naspers Group of companies. Via Afrika is a BBBEE Level 4 contributor and has 55,06% Black Ownership. Via Afrika is not an NGO or non-profit organisation.
Corporate Social Investment
Via Afrika acknowledges the need to give back to the community it serves, and that has been part of the company’s success. To this end, we maintain a positive involvement in Corporate Social Investment programmes. Via Afrika has demonstrated this commitment in the following ways over the last few years.
National Teaching Awards
Via Afrika is a proud sponsor of the Department of Basic Education’s Annual National Teaching Awards.
Via Afrika Digital Education Centres (VADECs)
Via Afrika Digital Education Centres (VADECs) are converted shipping containers filled with 15 or 25 tablets, a computer, Wi-Fi internet access with Via Afrika sponsored data, more than 400 Via Afrika ebooks, apps and other digital content, as well as Via Afrika’s printed books and other library books (where applicable). In partnership with Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we donated 3 digital centres, situated in the Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Via Afrika launched a fourth VADEC in the Eastern Cape in February 2016. The teachers in the four schools where the VADECs are located are trained on a regular basis on how to use technology, how to plan and present a lesson incorporating digital material and how to facilitate and manage the use of technology in education.
Training to provincial officials across South Africa
Capacity building via skills transfer is a vital element of the Via Afrika CSI work. Via Afrika offers digital education workshops to educators across South Africa as well as in Botswana at no cost. These training workshops have been well received by both officials and teachers as it equipped them with knowledge on the use of technology in the classroom and how to integrate it in the curriculum.