Networks Unlimited drives women empowerment and skills development

Networks Unlimited takes women empowerment and skills development earnestly

The ICT industry has not always been alluring or attractive to women in South Africa with many decision-making roles in this industry still male dominated, however Networks Unlimited is determined to change this picture. The company, a value-added distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology throughout Africa, is currently training 108 individuals through a 12-month internship and learnership programme across various functions of the business, of which 74 are young women from previously disadvantaged communities who are eager to learn workplace skills. 

Xoliswa Pearl Mhlanga, Technical Intern and 
Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited. 

One of the technical interns currently in the internship programme is Xoliswa Pearl Mhlanga, a 26-year old from KwaZulu-Natal who says that she was elated when she was informed that she was selected for the programme. 

After matriculating, Mhlanga furthered her studies at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), where she acquired a National Diploma in IT (Business Applications). She says her interest in IT was sparked when her teacher for the first time introduced her to a computer system during computer class in primary school. “I can vividly remember the feeling of desire to learn how a computer works; what it can do, and how it can make life easier. Hence, shortly after that, I convinced my parents to buy me a personal computer so that I could practise using it and improve my skills,” recalls Mhlanga. 

“My biggest goal for the duration of my internship at Networks Unlimited, is to gain more insight about how to troubleshoot and assist people with their daily computer problems. Furthermore, I would like to learn more about networking, security, technical applications, software engineering, and computer engineering,” she continues. “I want to learn about the different aspects so that one day, I too can train and educate aspiring IT practitioners.” 

“It is evident that the ICT industry is developing extremely fast, and that it is undoubtedly an important part of people’s daily lives in various forms. Thus, it is inspiring to see there are more females taking an interest in IT and excelling in various expertise within the industry. 

“As an inquisitive individual, I am inspired by the amount of knowledge and information that I am exposed to by the Networks Unlimited IT team.  I am also very grateful for this opportunity to help harness my IT skills and to grow in this career path I have chosen,” adds Mhlanga. 

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited comments: “Running the internship and learnership programmes is incredibly rewarding. To witness young individuals grow and develop their business and technology skills, and to know these expertise will filter through to their communities and, hopefully, inspire more young people, particularly females to pursue a career in the IT sector, is definitely worth it.” 


About Networks Unlimited
Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Aruba Networks, Fortinet, F5, Mellanox, ProLabs, Riverbed, RSA, Rubrik, SimpliVity and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.
Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market.
Networks Unlimited complies with the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines as a Level 4 Contributor.

Networks Unlimited, Lynne McCarthy, +27 (0) 11 202 8400, lynne@nu.co.za