R1.2m Cisco Networking Academy to be launched this weekend

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Next Saturday (26 September), the Marburg Secondary School Cisco Networking Academy will be officially launched virtually via Facebook and other social media platforms from 10h00 as well as physically on-site in the selected presence of high-ranking Provincial Government and Local Education District Officials.

Due to Covid-19 regulations and restrictions, the physical launch had to be restructured.

The R 1.2 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.

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.

To ensure that the Marsec Cisco Networking Academy will be at a state of full readiness for next week’s launch, several energetic, passionate and responsible youth volunteered their time, services and technical expertise to conduct on-site operations, technical maintenance, marketing and communications.

Once fully launched, the Marsec Cisco Networking Academy will 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, Mr 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.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions in terms of numbers in a venue, the event will be streamed live. All interested members of the public are invited to view the launch streamed live in a “virtual event” on the school’s Facebook page or visit www.marburgsecondary.org to get link access.

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