Whizz ICT Skills & Services Centre (Henceforth Whizz) is a business entity based in Khayelitsha, Western Cape that provides Information Communication Technology (ICT) services. Whizz has been operating since 2008, providing various services ranging from computer skills development to digital services such as printing, scanning, and photocopying.
The company was founded following research that identified the extensive ICT skills gap in low-income communities/townships. The digital skills gap is a result of limited or lack of ICT infrastructure, connectivity, and access to ICT services, a phenomenon that can be traced back to apartheid where there was an unequal division of opportunities and social services. Whizz aims at helping people in disadvantaged communities excel in the digital world.
Whizz’s target market includes all individuals as well as Small, Medium, and Micro
Enterprises (SMMEs). The majority of the target market is the youth, who are
unemployed. Whizz equips the youth with tools that enhance their employability and
provides SMEs with branding materials and training that enables them to effectively
use ICT to improve their business activities.
Whizz is expanding its services to other areas by opening an additional service outlet
in Eerste Rivier, Western Cape, a town with a population of approximately 40000,
where at least 80 percent are coloured people. The Eerste River’s branch will be
based at the Shoprite shopping mall, a popular shopping centre in the area, providing
a geographical advantage.
The Team On A Mission
The company’s mission is to contribute towards community development by providing Information Communication Technology (ICT) services and training. The company aims at providing knowledge and tools needed to bridge the digital divide in low-income underserved communities. Whizz’s vision is to be the leading ICT service provider in low-income communities in South Africa.
Pamela Siphika - Managing Director and Co-Founder
Pam brings to Whizz an insightful knowledge of strategic planning, business management, business compliance, tax matters, the development of operating systems, human resources and staff procedures, performance issues, and leadership of trainings and skills development programmes. Pam also manages Whizz ICT Centre’s finances and operations.
In addition to her leadership of Whizz ICT Centre, Pam is Managing Director at Roof Act (Pty) Ltd (Construction) and Unako Financial Services, and a business Mentor for various business Incubators such as Maven Solutions, NYDA and Kuba Technologies. She conducts one-on-one consulting sessions with business owners for Start-Ups and Existing Business as Business Consultant and is Chairperson of the youth foundation You Are Woman (YAW). Pam is a leader at Conquerors Covenant Church and treasurer at Care Givers International Organisation (CCI).
Stefan Norgaard is a Business Strategist
He first started working with Whizz is 2014 while participating in a service-learning partnership between Stanford University and University of Cape Town (UCT), and has continued working with Whizz since. Stefan hails from Colorado and lives in New York City, where he is a PhD Student in Urban Planning at Columbia University. His dissertation research examines urban inequality and opportunities for equitable development in the U.S. and South Africa.
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Christopher B Moonga
Marketing Manager at Whizz Ict, My role is to Identify, Plan and implement methods that escalate Whizz growth in Infrastructure and sales. I started working for Whizz Ict in year 2021. I am also a Co-founder @ Roof Act (Pty) Ltd, a Construction Company and PMC LOGISTICS (Pty) Ltd ( Transport solution company)
Whizz’s objective is to introduce ICT to individuals with limited access, empower the youth and help unlock their potential & ensures better-trained individuals enter the job market.