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January 2017

As the new year commences we look forward to the kick-off of our second European Union Funded project during the week of 23 - 27 January in Port Elizabeth.  The kick-off of "Common Good First" will bring together the partners from all the participating institutions including the teams from Scotland, Iceland, Spain and South Africa.

During the second week of January, the first exchange collaboration between the CCT and the Department of Computer Science from the University of Oslo will commence with one Professor and three postgraduate students arriving in Port Elizabeth for site visits and field work.

2017 will then also mark the commencement of new partnerships and projects.  Watch this space for more on these exciting initiatives.

News Highlights from 2016



May 2016

Tribute to the late Princes Tami Dumlisile


This is the life of the late Princess Nomathamsanqa Dumalisile of AmaBhaca - born from the Royal Household of Mdutyana in Mt Frere by the late Prince Fikizolo and Nomachule Beauty Mdutyana, on the 25th of November 1971.  Her beauty, selfless service, gentle spirit, royal upbringing, graced by genuine love for children and tutored courage, had a great influence on the extraordinary role she played Kulo-Jingqi and beyond.

She obtained her Primary and Secondary education at Mt Frere and Mt Ayliff respectively and subsequently proceeded to Mt Arthur Training College where she achieved Teachers Diploma in 1992. Her commitment to a culture of lifelong learning inspired her to attain a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree at Tshwane University of Technology. 

On the 4th of January 1992, she married Nkosi Ngwenyathi Sibongile Dumalisile.  Subsequently, she joined the department of education in 1993 and taught at Qokolweni Junior Secondary School until she resigned from her teaching job in 2013 to work side by side with her husband, towards the realisation of the 30 year development programme of AmaJingqi.  Given that the central role of the institution of traditional leadership is already lost, her strategic move closer to AmaJingqi, clearly demonstrates that she understood that. At stake too, is the identity of the Royal Household and the return to their customary mandate of upholding noble values in this era of uncertainty. Her collaborations with strategic partners including DG Murray Trust, ITEC, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Joint Aid Management, Aspire, AmaJingqi Macadamia Farming, AmaJingqi Investment Trust, Department of Social development, Department of Water Affairs, Department of Science and Technology, COEGA and Department of Education bear testimony that she responded swiftly to the overwhelming call for Royalty to play a greater role in rural South Africa and consequently guide and manage social change.

Her legacy projects includes, but are not limited to, the establishment of 8 Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDC), training and remuneration of ECDC practitioners, the establishment of Jingqi Youth Development Thinkers (JYDT) along with the AmaJingqi Resource Centre - equipt with computers, musical instruments and reading books, which were also donated to the local schools.  She also worked closely with Nalibali, actively engaged in storytelling for the children in her community, and provided organisational support towards training the idle youth in water treatment and plumbing – of which more than 40 of them are now employed.

She was also working behind the scenes for AmaJingqi Investment Trust and AmaJingqi Farming. She was also instrumental in the advancement of Sibanye Bomama sewing project. Her influence in encouraging exposure visits promoted learning best practices, including learning by doing and learning by observation. Projects in the pipeline include the upgrading of the local road networks, provision of fruit trees and indigenous trees to households, construction of student accommodation for high school boys and girls and character acquisition as part of the moral regeneration in society.  Her massive contribution in her community had a great impact on the economy of numerous households. She was the strength behind Nkosi Dumalisile’s honourable service to this great nation. 

The AmaJingqi community is in mourning. The tragic loss of the Queen of AmaJingqi- a young woman, a lady of perfection in all she did, a devoted Christian, a nation builder and indeed a companion and a friend to her husband and children, passed on unexpectedly in the early hours of 19 May 2016 at St George’s Hospital in Port Elizabeth as a result of an aneurysm.

She leaves behind her husband and children – (Ngcwelekazi, Nkosendalo and Thina) along with her in-laws. She was also a guardian to the children of her sister in law who passed on in 2009.

in-laws. She was also a guardian to the children of her sister in law who passed on in 2009.

Her family, friends and the community at large are comforted at knowing that, having accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour, she is now resting in the loving arms of her caring Saviour and King.  This destiny defining decision makes us believe that we shall see her on the other side of eternity.

Her hospitable gestures shall be greatly missed by benevolent stakeholders who frequently visit the Royal House.

uMama weSizwe uKalimeshe, Nofisa, Mageba is now resting in eternal peace!

April 2016

Free public Wi-Fi arrives in Gelvandale

The first free public Wi-Fi Internet access in Nelson Mandela Bay was unveiled in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas on 6 April 2016. Read the full article in R News of 7 April 2016 following the link below:


November 2015

Enhancing the international footprint of the CCT

Prof Darelle van Greunen, Director of the Centre for Community Technologies is ensuring an international footprint for the CCT.  She was invited as keynote speaker at the IASDR 2015 Congress in Brisbane, Australia in November 2015.  During this congress delegates could  explore the interaction of design research with science, technology and the arts. This continual INTERPLAY provided opportunities to explore interaction between cross-disciplinary knowledge and various design research approaches. IASDR 2015 aims to establish trans-disciplinary research platforms across diverse domains to foster new research and education opportunities and stimulate innovation.  To this end, Prof van Greunen addressed the topic of “Mobile Technology transforming healthcare in Africa”. 

Prof van Greunen was also an invited speaker at the ISTAS2015 Conference, an IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society in Dublin, Ireland. Topics included ICT4D and Humanitarian Engineering, eHealth and eAgriculture. 

Ms Alida Veldsman also presented a paper on ICT interventions for socio-economic development, at the conference.  After the conference, Prof van Greunen and Ms Veldsman leave for Norway for the kick-off of the European Union Funded Project: mHealth4Afrika.


October 2015

During October, the CCT signed collaboration agreements with a number of new partners.  These include the East Cape Macadamia Skills Academy, Vulindlela Trust and Amajingqi Macadamia.  The aim of this collaboration is to establish a Skills Academy that will benefit the communities of Ncera and Amajingqi in rural Eastern Cape.


September 2015

The Centre for Community Technologies was officialy launched during a prestigious event, on 3 September 2015. Prof Darelle van Greunen highlighted the activities and achievements of the Centre. To join in the celebrations and to share their involvement and experiences., were community leaders and community members from the various engagement projects. Ms. Rapelang Rabana, a top technology entrepreneur, shared her wisdom and insights during the event.


Distinguised guest were (from left to right): Prof Derrick Swartz (VC of the NMMU); Dr. Jeff Govender (FamHealth); Ms. Rapelang Rabana; Prof. Darelle van Greunen (Dir. of the CCT); Mrs. Dumalisile and Chief Dumalisile (AmamJingqi Traditional Council).


Chief Sibongile “Ngwenyathi” Dumalisile and members of the AmaJingqi Traditional Council.


Cultural item by the Diaz Primary School Arts & Culture Group