Marburg Cisco Networking Academy officially opened

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The Marburg Secondary School Cisco Networking Academy was officially launched on Saturday.

KZN MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu and KZN MEC for Finance Ravi Pillay were among the high-ranking provincial government officials who attended the launch.

Due to Covid-19 regulations and restrictions, only a select group was part of the official opening, with others watching from home via a live stream.

The R1.2 million project is the brainchild of ex-Marsec students, currently in the technology field, with a mission to reduce unemployment in the Ugu district and play a vital role in providing the community with the necessary digital skills required for the jobs of the future.

Presenting the Academy to the MECs and stakeholders are (from left) Jezeiyn Naidoo (operations manager), Clayton Naidoo (Cisco General Manager sub Saharan Africa) and Christopher Kistasamy (Trans-Caledon tunnel authority executive).

They have used their corporate and business sector influence to acquire much-needed sponsorships and donations resulting in state-of-art computers and media equipment, which the Cisco Networking Centre now boasts.

Several energetic, passionate and responsible youth volunteered their time, services and technical expertise to conduct on-site operations, technical maintenance, marketing and communications to ensure that the Marsec Cisco Networking Academy was at a state of full readiness for the launch.

Present at the launch are (from left) Adaline Rungasamy (instructor), KZN MEC for Finance Ravi Pillay, Jezeiyn Naidoo (operations manager), KZN MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu, Timiya Gonzalves (instructor) and Ashley Govender (instructor).

The Marsec Cisco Networking Academy is set to have major technological educational benefits for the entire Ugu district as it attempts to address unemployment due to the serious shortage of relevant skills needed as we proceed rapidly towards the 4 Industrial Revolution.

Marburg Secondary’s acting principal, Madhan Seevnarain, said: “Cisco is a well-established technology giant globally and provides access to innovative industry solutions and skills.

“Through the Academy, our community will now have access to various Cisco certifications, which will be provided through physical and online platforms.”

More information can be found below and at www.marburgsecondary.org.

Photo: KZN MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu officially opens the Marburg Secondary School Cisco Networking Academy.

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