Ubank gives Bizana school a hand up

first_imgSouth African banking company Ubank has further demonstrated its commitment toward education in rural areas of the country, this time with the handover of new and improved school facilities at the Zinini Junior Secondary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape province on 13 March.As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schoolsTogether with assistance from the US Africa Children Fellowship, and the Israeli South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Ubank and its trustees also donated over 200 chairs and 100 tables, as well as 150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign.“Investing in communities in which we operate forms an integral part of how we do business, and it is this philosophy that sets us apart and allows us to uplift the lives of our customers,” said Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula at the handover.The Zinini Junior Secondary School was founded by Miss CN Ndunge, a well-known community member from the royal family of the Amanyawuza clan, in 1983. From its humble beginnings in one thatch-roofed mud rondavel, the school now has 503 learners and 15 educators three decades later.With the growing number of learners, the school has been facing a number of challenges in their attempts to provide optimum education.Identifying the most pressing challenges faced by the school, Ubank and the Teba Trust Fund assisted the school by building six classrooms, increasing security by erecting a perimeter fence, and through donating the furniture for the new classrooms.INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign were donated to learners at Zinini Junior Secondary SchoolInfrastructural development remains a challenge in most rural schools across South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, and investing in the foundation of the country’s future leaders is a step that Ubank and its partners firmly believe in.“Our engagement with the school was not only to provide proper school facilities, but also included creating jobs, imparting skills training and optimising talent from within the Bizana community to build these school facilities,” said Teba Trust Fund principal officer Derick Elbrecht.“This is yet another project through which Ubank, the Teba Trust Fund and its partners have been able to help uplift the communities in which they operate.“Since the end of January 2014, the bank has been involved in distributing over 3 000 pairs of school shoes to seven under-privileged schools across the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West provinces.“As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schools and now we have the pleasure of growing our list by adding Zinini Junior Secondary school,” said Elbrecht.last_img read more

Google Voice on the iPhone: Is HTML5 Good Enough?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Google launched a new web-based version of its telephony service Google Voice on the iPhone today at m.google.com/voice, built on HTML5 like Google’s other iPhone apps are. This after a long and heated battle with Apple over allowing Google Voice on the iPhone. Once it’s a website, though, there’s nothing Apple can do about it.HTML5 makes for a relatively nice experience, with its local caching for speed and its responsive interface, but there are some things about the Google Voice web app that just don’t feel quite right. It’s hard to know which of its problems are just oversights to be fixed and which of them are rooted in the fact that it’s a web app. What do you think, is an HTML5 telephony app good enough? Or does your phone need to, you know, be on your phone? The new Google Voice mobile web app doesn’t offer a clear way to add contacts through the mobile interface, its call history function falls short and there are other things that are funky about it. It’s fast, but it’s still just not as fast and responsive as a native mobile app. Perhaps that will change with time. It does feel nice, though, and has a very attractive interface.It was less than a year ago that Gmail was first available in HTML5 on the iPhone. Now there’s a heated debate about whether the future for mobile apps is in the browser like this or whether native apps will still reign supreme.What do you think? Is the new Google Voice in HTML5 good enough for you to use and like? Let us know in our poll below. RSS readers can click through to respond and view responses. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Hundreds gather to remember Loretta Saunders

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the federal government released its report on violence against Aboriginal women, hundreds gathered to honour Loretta Saunders.The 26-year-old Inuk student was killed on Feb. 13.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img