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Donation of PCs to Shuttleworth Foundation programme

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 - 14:47
Mail and Guardian Online, 28 September 2004

Pick 'n Pay, the food retailer has donated over 800 computer workstations to the Shuttleworth Foundation's tuXlab programme to assist them in their drive to increase the usage of open source software in 40 South African schools.

The Foundation initiated the tuXlabs with the core focus to provide an easy, cost effective, replicable, and social innovative model for schools in order to give educators and learners access to information technology and educational content. The tuXlabs programme has been running for just over a year and has already established 62 tuXlabs in the Western Cape.

Hilton Theunissen, the Shuttleworth Foundation's tuXlab project manager, said that with the help of companies such as Pick 'n Pay, the tuXlab programme could have a greater positive impact on learners and educators, making a tangible difference at a grassroots level. "We applaud Pick 'n Pay as their donation will not only have a direct impact on over 800 educators and approximately 4 000 learners, but also the communities where the schools are situated. We have received great encouragement from schools who have gained new skills through the use of open source in their tuXLabs.