Bonke Dyan launched his IT hub in White Location, Knysna, a first for the area, with the help of Rotary Knysna; the community is buzzing with excitement.
Knysna, South Africa (13 November 2020) – Rotary Knysna recently celebrated the opening of the Blackbase Computer Hub, a small business that has grown from a passion for helping connect others to technology.
October is their Economic and Community Development Month, and last month Rotarians were busy working with a young local entrepreneur, Bonke Dyan, in preparation for the launch of his IT business, Blackbase Computer Hub, in White Location.
Bonke has dreamed of the day he could become a business owner. He has a qualification in ICT and finance from CPUT, which he has used to uplift communities and help them access technology. Before settling in Knysna, Bonke was involved with Rotary was through Rotaract in Cape Town.
Using his passion for empowering and uplifting the community through access to technology, he established a business initiative that is the first of its kind in White Location.
With the help of Rotary Knysna, Bonke is able to provide services that include internet access, printing facilities, computer skills training and assistance with online applications for schools and tertiary institutions. He hopes to help the community through outreach projects like offering job seekers with the compilation of their CVs.
Bonke hopes to convert some of the space surrounding his container business into vegetable gardens for the community. He has already started working with people to make it happen.
Rotary has supported Bonke with mentorship for his start-up, the acquisition of a container and guidance concerning its physical setup and shopfitting.
“We’d like to acknowledge Martin Strode Containers in this regard and the individual Rotarians who sourced and donated IT equipment. Bonke also approached a number of Knysna locals who contributed towards the cladding of the container and at the opening function today he thanked the Knysna Municipality Community Services Department for their support.
Rotarians Henry Fairweather and Andy Muir will continue to mentor Bonke on a regular basis. We wish him every success in his exciting new venture!”