About I-CAN Centre

The I-CAN Centre is a public access facility that provides citizens access to broadband and empowering of digital skills. The Centre is located in Elsies River, previously called Elsies River Multi-Pupose Centre. In August 2014, Genesis Community IT Initiative (G-CITI) became the appointed Managing Operator for Centre.

Whom do we impact? (Focus Areas)

Technology is embraced by everyone, therefore we educate and empower all citizens with the focus area below:

G-CITI, in partnership with Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) has successfully empowered more than 3000 citizens from Sept 2015 to March 2017 with digital skills.

How to Grow Digital Communities
  • Providing Access to Broadband for citizens
  • Stimulating Social Innovation through technology
  • Advancing Education through technology
  • Stimulating Entrepreneurship through technology

Expand Digital Literacy Programmes

How to Grow Digital Communities
  • Providing Access to Broadband for citizens
  • Stimulating Social Innovation through technology
  • Advancing Education through technology
  • Stimulating Entrepreneurship through technology

Expand Digital Literacy Programmes

Commercial zone
Digital Citizenship
  • Creating a digital lifestyle
  • Creating digital footprints through Social Media
Digital Adoption
  • Technology becomes a demand for daily survival
Resources
Access to resources (Free 300BM WIFI Data per month) and limited free internet (45 minutes free internet access per day) Expand Digital Literacy Programmes
  • The world has undergone an evolution interns of structural change and technological transformation. However, Africa is a still lagging behind in this modern world whose development is largely determined by technological advances. Various initiatives have started in Africa to address the issue of digital literacy. Based on research, the supply of digital skills can meet the demand of the labor market in South-Africa. Digital skills ignite innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship once it is implemented in communities
  • Facilitating Basic Digital Literacy Programmes
  • Facilitation Digital Skills to produce Digital Practitioners through vendor based certificates
  • Partner with local businesses/ organizations and employee Accelerators to support students/ citizens in job-placements.

Due to community challenges, many citizens are not exposed to the world of professionalism, therefore a Soft Skills Programmes (Job Readiness Skills) were developed to address various workforce issue which employers face on a daily basis.

Advancing Education through Technology

The I-CAN Centre supported primary and high school students in improving their memory techniques through the use of technology. We used a software developing learning strategies/ patterns. Additional programs such as robotics and augmented reality were included to stimulate learning. 

Community Participation through Technology
  • Adds to the social and the economic upliftment of communities
  • Search for Job Opportunities
  • Technology bring people together
Stimulating Social Innovation through Technology
  • Social innovation is in the mouths of many todays, at policy level and on the ground. It is not new as such: people have always tried to find new solutions for pressing social needs. But a number of factors have spurred its development recently. Social innovation within the ICT environment will allow communities to grow in creativity and realize their potentail to become tech entrepreneurs.

Appointed Managing Operator

Genesis Community IT initiative (G-CITI) is a registered Non-Profit organisation that was established to address the dire economic needs of previously disadvantaged communities within the broader Cape Flats region. G-CITI does this through the provision of extensive Information Communication and Technology capacity building initiatives and community support.

Genesis Community IT Initiative (G-CITI) is a non-profit organization (NPO) and Public Benefit Organization (PBO) to support the needs of individuals with digital literacy, social innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2014, GCITI has successfully implemented various skills programmes that impacted more than 5000 individuals. Schools, resource centers, government agencies, private companies and other non-profit organizations was impacted through G-CITI programmes. G-CITI regards itself as a vehicle for social change and digital transformation.

The main objectives of G-CITI and aim to:

  • Enable communities through access to broadband technology, to participate digitally for personal development and business development purposes
  • Become a hub of activity for technological and digital development for the Elsies River and adjacent communities
  • Empower all citizens with basic digital literacy skills for entrepreneurial development and employment opportunities.
  • Provide skills training and entrepreneurial development including business guidance and support
  • Provide opportunities for creativity through social innovation projects

Support primary and high school students in improving in education through technology