by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE administrator of South Africa’s cyberspace, ZA Central Registry (ZACR), has pledged to support 100 girls with access to sanitary towels every month for three years.
Coinciding with Women’s Month, this is in support of the Caring4Girls initiative.
It is spearheaded by a local information and communications technology (ICT) veteran, Xoliswa Kakana, who recently reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the Trek4Mandela team.
Key to the Trek4Mandela initiative is the Caring4Girls campaign that aims to keep a girl child in school by supplying them with sanitary towels.
Lucky Masilela, Chief Executive Officer of ZACR, said Kakana’s endeavour as a ZACR Non-Executive Director in the run-up to Women’s Month helped illustrate the tremendous achievements of the many women leading South Africa’s ICT sector.
“Not content to help steer the .ZA domain towards its bright future, Xoliswa further took it upon herself to do her bit for the Trek4Mandela initiative by summiting Africa’s tallest mountain,” Masilela said.
An ICT industry veteran with 25-years in the industry, Kakana is a previous recipient of the Women in Technology award, was a finalist in the Telecommunications Business Woman Awards 2011 and a finalist in the Business Woman of the Year Award 2012.
She is an electrical engineer by profession and founded the successful ICT-Works company in 1999.
Her support for the Trek4Mandela initiative and its aims of girl child empowerment is in line with her stated interest in directing the evolution of the greater ICT industry towards the development of women.
“Both Xoliswa and ZACR recognise the potential ICT has for realising a better life for the millions of African women who remain on the sidelines two decades after the transition to democracy that was supposed to give everybody a voice,” Masilela said.
“We congratulate Xoliswa and all South African women who every day summit their own personal Mount Kilimanjaros,” he added.
ZACR NPC is a pioneer of the local domain name space and last month celebrated 30 years of being responsible for the technical and administrative wellbeing of the entire South African presence on the worldwide web.
Furthermore, 69 percent of the staff who work at ZACR is female.
– CAJ News