Hetzner Donates 40 Dell Servers in Support of Education
16 Jan 2014
Hetzner, SA’s largest specialist web hosting company, has donated 40 decommissioned Dell servers to three worthwhile educational organisations in South Africa.
The Dell servers were cleaned, data-wiped, tested and delivered to the following organisations in time for the 2014 school year:
• TSiBA (Tertiary School in Business Administration) Education: http://www.tsiba.ac.za
• LEAP Science & Maths School: http://www.leapschool.org.za
• Maharishi Institute: http://www.maharishiinstitute.org
The donated Dell servers will be used to replace old equipment as well as run Internet services and applications to support the students.
Adri Marais, TSiBA CEO, expressed her team’s appreciation for the donation, “ICT plays a crucial role in the effective delivery of education and thanks to this donation our server capacity has been strengthened significantly at both our Cape Town and Eden campuses. We are thankful for this generous gesture and applaud Hetzner for ‘paying it forward’ in such a meaningful and responsible way.”
“21st century learning requires the best modern technology available and Hetzner is a visionary company that is providing this for the youth of South Africa. The incredible donation of 17 servers enables the Maharishi Institute to provide access to volumes of material to support the education of hundreds of youth drawn throughout the country from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are so grateful to have this partnership. It will make a significant difference for our technology backbone,” said Annie Blecher, Business Development Director, Maharishi Institute.
“We are thrilled to be able to extend the life of our servers in this way. Hetzner was very careful in selecting the right partner. TSiBA, LEAP and the Maharishi Institute provide an invaluable service, educating South Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders,” commented Athena Turner, Hetzner’s Marketing & Communications Manager.
TSiBA Education is a non-profit business school that was founded in 2004 and is registered and fully accredited with the Department of Higher Education. Students are not required to pay for their education monetarily, but rather to Pay it Forward by transferring the knowledge, skills and resources that they gain at TSiBA into their communities.
LEAP Science & Maths School is currently made up of six LEAP Schools that provide a high quality education aimed at talented learners from grades 8 to 12. These schools are based in the Western Cape (2 schools), Gauteng (3 schools) and Limpopo (1 school). The learners are sourced from township-based feeder schools. They do not pay school fees and are selected for enrolment because they display a potential to learn and a willingness to work hard.
The Maharishi Institute was founded in 2007 to provide disadvantaged youth access to Consciousness-Based tertiary education through accredited education partners and is focused on unlocking the genius of South African youth. The founding organization established in 1979 has pioneered the “free tertiary education” movement in South Africa over the last 14 years and is building an ethical, competent group of business and government leaders.