Johannesburg, 02 February 2016 – Nelson Mandela once said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” The team at Omang Group certainly shares the same sentiments. They’ve dedicated their lives to making a difference to the lives of others and believe that “success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make.”
Omang Group provides computer literacy training to matriculates, unemployed youth, women and SMEs from townships and rural villages. The Founder and Managing Director of Omang Group, Jane Nkadimang, explains that computer literacy is no longer the privilege of the rich and elite but a basic operating tool in the global economy.
She says, to ensure that members of previously disadvantaged communities don’t suffer further exclusion and barriers to entry into the economy, there’s an urgent need to address the lack of computer literacy in Africa. “Our training is aimed at serving this very crucial need. We have to eliminate basic barriers to entry into the economy, if our country is to have any hope of achieving the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 vision of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality.”
According to Nkadimang, in this day and age, the ability to use a computer and access the wealth of information and opportunities on the Internet, represents not only personal empowerment but also provides economic opportunities.
“It is these economic opportunities we hope our training interventions will open up to our learners. Through our interventions we aim to level the playing field and provide our youth and women with the basic skills they need to compete in this technological age. By empowering minds, we empower people to develop the skill to overcome obstacles and change their personal circumstances,” she explains.
Asked why she ventured into training and development, Nkadimang says she’s always had a passion for empowering South Africa’s youth, particularly in rural villages, through training.
Nkadimang started working with the youth years ago in her hometown of Kuruman. By establishing Omang Group, her developmental work will spread across the country and throughout Africa. She urges the public and private sector to be involved in “adopting-a-community” through Omang’s affordable tailor-made training packages, designed to decentralise training opportunities in order to reach remote communities.
Omang Group services
Omang Group has two main divisions, namely the training division and technology division. Being a training provider Omang Group understands that technology cannot be provided as an end result, it has to be accompanied with adequate training.
1. Training division
- Adopt-A-Community development programme. Through the programme, Omang Group offers the following services:
- Mobile Computer Lab;
- Basic Computer Literacy;
- International Microsoft certificates;
- Career Guidance and Life Skills training;
- eLearning Content; and
- IT introductory courses (CompTIA A+, N+)
- IT Courses. The following is offered under IT Courses:
- Basic Computer Training;
- An IT Bridging Programme;
- Advanced IT Training;
- Business Courses
The following business courses – which are aimed at promoting high performance amongst an existing workforce – are offered by Omang Group:
- Team Leadership;
- Office Administration;
- Call Centre;
- Health & Safety;
- Project Management;
- Customer Care.
2. Technology division
Omang Group provides fully equipped mobile and fixed IT Labs to townships and rural schools nationally. The solution includes training of teachers, learners and members of the community on how to use the technology. The technology division provides the following services:
- Solar Powered Mobile IT Labs
- Microsoft Community IT Academy
- Community Wi-Fi Solution
- eLearning Content
- Tablet & Laptop Reseller
Omang Group has made great strides
Omang Group is a Level 1 B-BBEE contributor, with 100% black female ownership.
Since its establishment, the organisation has made great strides. And it’s easy to see why. Nkadimang, who comes from a corporate background, with 12 years’ experience in the field of HR, Training and Development, Facilitation, Change Management, as well as Recruitment works with a team with a wealth of experience.
The Operations Director at Omang Group, Pravitha Naidoo, has 15 years of experience in the HR, Project Management, ICT and Business Management industries. Naidoo previously owned an IT consultancy business and is a strong advocate for the advancement of ICT skills training in South Africa. “In order to develop an economically active society, we have to shape the minds of our future leaders and equip them with the skills to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential,” says Naidoo.
The third team member is Vicky Masuku who holds a BAdmin degree and Honours in Industrial Psychology. Masuku’s strength lies in her ability to work with communities. She provides counselling to women dealing with trauma as well as life skills training and career guidance to young people.
Omang Group moves into Riversands
In November, Omang Group moved into Riversands Incubation Hub near Fourways in Johannesburg as a partner. As a partner, Omang Group will help uplift surrounding communities through its services. According to Nkadimang, Omang Group decided to partner with the Hub because they want to be situated close to communities they serve. Diepsloot township is one such community.
“In just 2 months of being partners at Riversands, we would have been able to expose 60 youth and women on the functions of a computer through our programme of Microsoft Digital Literacy,” says Nkadimang. She adds that by being a partner at Riversands, Omang Group has access to two 200-seat lecture halls, one 500-seat auditorium, fully equipped skill-specific training workshops, meeting rooms, fully connected and enabled hot desks, marketing and printing facilities. She says this will allow the business to continue to provide efficient service to all its stakeholders.
Going forward, Omang Group’s vision is to strive to become the preferred community development partner in the provision of computer literacy training and career development programmes to rural and township youth and women.
“We want to contribute towards the skills development of ordinary people and communities, thereby empowering them to be economically independent, productive and self-sufficient,” concludes Nkadimang.
By Simangele Mzizi