Deputy Minister Philly Mapulane is scheduled to visit Langa Township in Cape Town, Western Cape Province on May 16, 2023. This visit is part of pre-budget vote activations and will take place before the Departmental Budget Vote Speech on May 17, 2023. The event commemorates the centenary of Langa, the oldest township in the Western Cape.
A Brief History of Langa Township
Langa Township was formally established in 1927 due to the 1923 Urban Areas Act. The township has grown over the years in distinct phases, witnessing significant historical and cultural developments. The centenary celebration provides an opportunity to acknowledge and cherish the rich heritage and resilience of the township and its community.
Deputy Minister Mapulane’s Visit and Empowerment Initiatives
Deputy Minister Mapulane, in collaboration with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies’ (DCDT) State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), will hand over gadgets and organize a career exhibition during his visit. These initiatives aim to establish a skills development ecosystem for the community by providing exposure to various Information and Communications Technology (ICT) opportunities. This aligns with the department’s mandate to create a vibrant ICT sector and ensures that all South Africans have access to reliable, affordable, and secure ICT services.
Event Venues and Schedule
The event will take place in two locations in Langa Township. Kulani High School will host the first part of the event at 10:30 am. The second part of the event will take place at Langa Civic Hall, commencing at 12:00 pm. Members of the media are encouraged to cover and follow the event, which promises to be an essential occasion for Langa Township and its residents.
For further inquiries about the event, Thabo Shingange can be reached at 079 636 6992 or media@DCDT.gov.za.
The Significance of the Visit
Initiatives like these demonstrate the government’s commitment to empowering communities, fostering skill development, and leveraging technology to improve the lives of its citizens. Deputy Minister Mapulane’s visit to Langa Township is not only an opportunity to commemorate the township’s centenary but also serves as a vital step towards a brighter future for its community. The government aims to bridge the digital divide, promote innovation, and ultimately create a more inclusive and prosperous South Africa through skill development and access to technology.