Effie in South Africa….the journey is approaching the finish line

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today part of our team hosted a workshop with Government officials and University Faculty heads to test drive some of the options that they are considering as they build the new e-Literacy Collaborative Laboratory (Co-Lab).  There were interesting discussions on some possible “thematic areas”  that this Co-Lab will be responsible for.  The final thematic area that will be determined will be based on what the province’s priorities and the impacts on business and civil society.  The 3 critical issues in South Africa that must be addressed are: Poverty, Unemployment and Inequality.  Some current examples of  ‘thematic areas’ being considered are things like ‘rural’, ‘tourism’, ‘mining’, etc.  The final Co-Lab thematic area will be selected by the team next week and will be based on the ongoing research and analysis work.  This new Co-Lab will be based in Mafikeng, South Africa at the  “North West University” where we are currently based.  There are 6 other Provincial Co-Lab’s currently operating in South Africa today–this will be the lucky #7 that the IBM team has developed.

This is the conference room that we have been working in at North University.  This is the workshop in progress with Government Officials & University Faculty Heads.

This is the conference room that we have been working in at North University. This is the workshop in progress with Government Officials & University Faculty Heads.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Project progress is rapid however we will be breaking for lunch and enjoying local Mafikeng food.  To close out the day, we will be returning to our hotel.  Here is a view from my room overlooking the pools and lounging grounds.

Room 133 - This is where I hang my hat each day.

Room 133 – This is where I hang my hat each day.

The view from Room 133 Mmabatho Palms Casino Resort Hotel, Mafikeng, South Africa

The view from Room 133 Mmabatho Palms Casino Resort Hotel, Mafikeng, South Africa

There are some pretty mature Palm trees on the grounds.

There are some pretty mature Palm trees on the grounds.

Make it a happy day everyone!  Talk soon!

#ibmcsc south africa

 

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