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NGO technology donation and discount portal

By   |  June 25, 2007

At a media briefing last week, SANGONeT‘s ICT services manager, Mathew de Gale, gave a presentation on SANGOTeCH, the online portal for ICT donations and discounts available to non-government organisations (NGOs).

Since the portal’s inception in December last year, 60 South African NGOs have been supplied with software and hardware with a retail value of R5.5 million, at the greatly reduced total cost of less than R250 000.

In addition to offering highly discounted software, the programme assists in advising organisations on how to make the most of their ICT infrastructure budget, offering resources and advice around technology planning.

The programme is extending its donor base to include other companies, but has so far partnered with Microsoft and Cisco. Through these partners NGOs are able to get software at 4% of retail value and hardware at 8% of retail value.

Also planned for inclusion in the SangoTech offerings are [1]open source[/1] solutions and basic support services.

The programme is open to South African non-profit organisations with either a public benefit organisation (PBO) status or Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) status. For the full eligibility requirements, go to http://www.sangotech.org/eligibility.

The SangoTech presentation was preceeded by Khelhla Shubane, CEO of Business Map Foundation, discussing the implications of the ICT Charter which is currently in its final draft and due to be passed through government.

A key implication of the charter is that ICT companies can earn points on the their BEE rating through participating in corporate social investment. Although no date has been specified for the charter to become official, once it is in place ICT companies stand to benefit from donations made to NGOs and other non-profit orgainisations through the SangoTech portal.

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