Samsung has launched the Lesego digital village in the North West Province to provide primary healthcare services and learning solutions for residents in the area.

The area is remote, and health services are inaccessible for most of the 2,000 residents, most of who live in abject poverty.

The clinic comprises of three consulting rooms, which offer mother and child healthcare services, ultrasound scanner, blood analysis, immunisation and vaccination services, an X-ray department with a Samsung digital X-ray machine for general radiology services, reception area, dispensary, ablution facilities, kitchenette, outside waiting area, guardhouse and a hybrid solar power plant.

In addition, the facility has a smart classroom that is kitted out with 40 tablets, an interactive e-board and printer. This is where classes will be streamed for community health worker training. A learning centre is also in development at Kraaipan, and Taletso FET College in Mahikeng has agreed to partner with Samsung and the Ratlou Municipality to present accredited courses.

Samsung also provided training to 40 young people in various fields and supplied them with tools to help them open up businesses. The first group of 20 received training in cell phone repair and the second 20 were trained in electronic waste management, which includes recognising electronic waste and how to go about extracting and selling what is valuable.

In his opening speech, CEO of Samsung Electronics South Africa, Sung Yoon, said: “At Samsung, we believe in creating innovative products and services that make a positive impact on people’s lives and I am confident this initiative will make a significant difference in this community.”

Over the past three years, Samsung has been involved in other projects in North West. These include two mobile clinics donated to the Department of Health; two smart classrooms – at Oukasie near Brits and one at Ga-Maubane, west of Sun City.

Samsung has also established a solar-powered health centre and an Engineering Academy, which specialises in skilling learners about refrigeration, air conditioning and electronics.

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