A journey of a million miles
starts with only one step.

All we need is determination and the need to succeed
in the fight against gender-based violence.
- Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize,
Deputy Minister of Telecommunications
and Postal Services.

Millions of women in South Africa are subjected to physical, sexual, economic, psychological and emotional abuse every day.
Lwazi is an initiative of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services to help victims of gender-based violence access help and empower them with the skills they need to escape the cycle of abuse. The initiative aims to promote socio-economic development and bridge the gender gap through the ICT sector.

ICT Skills Training

If you are a woman interested in learning computer skills and empowering yourself and other women at the same time, we have an opportunity for you. Intel and Oracle are providing ICT training to women in local communities.

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Where to get help

If you have been raped or abused in any way, there is always someone to call in an emergency. Whether you need emotional, medical or legal support, this list has somewhere you can find help.

Contact numbers

Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Her lifelong dedication to social justice and women and children’s rights can be seen in such achievements as founding the Children and Violence Trust and her role as treasurer general of the  ANC Women’s League (ANCWL). Lwazi is an initiative originating from Prof Mkhize’s belief in using technology to bridge the gender gap and her passion for improving the lives of women through ICTs.

Our partners

Deloitte Southern Africa

Deloitte Southern Africa is a leading professional services firm in Africa, providing Audit, Consulting, Corporate Finance, Taxation Services and Risk Advisory services. Deloitte operates as Deloitte & Touche, which is part of Deloitte Africa, a member of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”). Deloitte has been responsible for designing and developing the Lwazi website.

Oracle Corporation

Oracle Corporation offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems. Oracle Academy is part of their CSR programme and will be offering a course focusing on the core fields of Java and Database, which prepares students for the first certification exam, the Oracle Certified Junior Associate level.

Intel Corporation

Intel Corporation is a world leader in computing innovation, designing and building the essential technologies that are the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Known as a leader in policy, diversity, inclusion, education and sustainability, Intel will be providing their Learn Easy Steps programme, which covers modules on basic ICT skills aimed at improving digital literacy.

Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

The objective of Siyafunda CTC is to offer people access to computers, the internet and other digital technologies which enable them to gather information, create, learn and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. Intel’s training will take place at Siyafunda CTC centres, which have played a significant role in driving innovation and revitalising communities.

iTMaster

iTMaster, established in 2001, has been instrumental in delivering quality services to government, state owned entities and the private sector. iTMaster has partnered with Oracle to supply, install and train two schools with a computer laboratory equipped with wifi to assist learners and teachers to bridge the digital divide.

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services

The DTPS aims to develop ICT policies and legislations that create favourable conditions for accelerated and shared sustainable growth for the South African economy that positively impacts on the well-being of all citizens. The website and training is part of a goal to develop and use ICT for socio-economic development.

ZADNA

ZADNA is a NPO, accountable to the DTPS. Their mandate includes administration and management of the .za namespace, licensing and regulating registries and registrars, and publishing guidelines on domains and the .za domain namespace. ZADNA will be coordinating, administering and managing the domain for the website.

Huawei South Africa

Huawei South Africa is a leading ICT solutions provider. Serving all mainstream telecoms operators, Huawei provides solutions to government and enterprises, and offers quality and affordable smart phones to consumers. Huawei contributes to local communities through initiatives such as innovation and training centres, SMME incubators, scholarships and CSR activities.