Samsung Electronics South Africa has launched a digital village in the community of Matshiding Village in Mpumalanga.

The digital resource will provide access to advanced ICT, education and health services to under-resourced areas. The digital village is also intended to bridge the digital divide and serve as a catalyst for local business development and government service delivery.

“It gives us great pleasure and pride that we are the recipients of a digital village from Samsung and look to it to improve the quality and standard of life for the community. This will give local people access to information through the Internet School and best healthcare from the Telemedical Centre,” said MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Gillion Mashego.

Through the digital village initiative, Samsung will include a solar powered Internet School built to accommodate up to 24 learners; a solar powered Telemedical Centre and a solar power generator that powers up the admin centre.

In addition to providing the digital village, Samsung said it is also working to ensure that the community takes ownership of the facility and receives adequate training to optimise its use.

According to Samsung, the digital village model addresses one of Africa’s largest economic challenges – electrification. Power poverty results in limited access to education, healthcare and connectivity – all of which are key to socio-economic development.

“The digital village is part of Samsung’s Corporate Citizenship programme designed to positively impact the lives of millions of people. Digital villages have been established in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, DR Congo, and in South Africa in places like Cosmo City, Johannesburg, Maubane, North West Province and we are delighted to be donating this solution to the Matshiding Village,” said Samsung Head of Public Affairs & Corporate Citizenship, Pitso Kekana.

Earlier this year Samsung’s Medical Technology branch developed three solar powered mobile clinic trucks to provide access to healthcare in remote areas.

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