REGENT’s MAHALABox makes sure South Africa’s most vulnerable don’t get lost in the digital divide

REGENT's MAHALABox makes sure South Africa's most vulnerable don't get lost in the digital divide
REGENT's MAHALABox makes sure South Africa's most vulnerable don't get lost in the digital divide
One of the biggest hurdles facing South Africa’s many job seekers is access
to vital online resources, including recruitment sites.
Stats SA reported in August that the official unemployment rate in the
second quarter of 2021 was a record 34.4%, one of the many social ills
plaguing the country’s most vulnerable.
REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL has developed the MAHALABox to try to make a
difference. When the box is connected to a cellphone, users can download
videos, e-books and other crucial information without data or access to the
internet.
“It is our solution for bringing important skills and resources to
students, the unemployed and the youth in local communities, who may not
otherwise have access to the internet or such curated digital resources. It
is our hope that by providing such a service, it may afford better
opportunities to these people,” says the operations director at REGENT
BUSINESS SCHOOL.
While many South Africans have a smartphone, the cost of data can put
internet access out of reach, and this digital divide reinforces the
inequalities too many South Africans face each day. Almost 60-million
smartphones are connected to mobile networks in South Africa everyday, which
is why the MAHALABox requires just a smartphone to turn it into a one-stop
shop for a wide range of information and job placements, along with access
to agencies, employers and recruiters – all of which would be impossible
without data. The MAHALABox allows users to download books, videos,
templates and other important content and services, including self-help,
emotional intelligence exercises, career assessments, aptitude tests, CV
templates and interview preparation – all for free.
As load-shedding returns, another big plus is that the MAHALABox can be
powered with solar energy. “By making use of a solar panel and a
rechargeable battery, the box can be powered with solar power. It uses low
voltage, so requires minimal power input and uses this energy efficiently.
It also uses a cheap, ready-made mini-computer that can be easily mounted or
be portable – making the solution cost effective, feasible and scalable,”
says Asvat.
The MAHALABox may be a way to offer free internet access, but that does not
make the content available cheap. “New content can be updated and featured
on a regular basis, which will then attract future users and retain them
too, thus promoting sustainability and longevity of the system,” says Asvat.
Mahala means free in Zulu, meaning no cost, but the MAHALABox also has the
ability to free South Africans from the shackles of unemployment.
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Since 1998, REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL (RBS) has been at the forefront of
premium management education across the continent. Headquartered in South
Africa, RBS’s acclaimed business, finance and management programmes have
helped individuals and organisations build and sustain competitive
advantages in a rapidly-changing, complex business environment. With
campuses in all major hubs of South Africa, including Durban, Johannesburg,
Cape Town and Pretoria, as well as in SADC countries, Swaziland and Namibia,
the institution’s alumni base of 10,000 is rapidly expanding.  RBS’s leading
centres for excellence – The Institute of Entrepreneurship, The Centre for
Islamic Finance and Banking, and The Centre for Public Sector Administration
Management and Innovation – are popular with high performers who are serious
about making positive, impactful change within the global finance and
management sectors. It’s latest 4IR innovation hub and academic makerspace,
the iLeadLAB, is at the forefront of the institution’s strategy to empower
students and stakeholders with in-demand skills as well as the hard and soft
digital skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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