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Matrix Clinics now also home to digital literacy

The City of Cape Town’s SmartCape programme, aimed at growing computer literacy at City libraries, has now extended its territory to the Matrix Clinics.

The City has eight Matrix Clinics which operate as outpatient facilities that provide a free rehabilitation programme for those who battle with addiction.

The programme takes a maximum of 10 students per programme per clinic.

As an added service and incentive to encourage continued attendance at the centres, the City’s Corporate Services Directorate arranges digital literacy training for the clients as an extramural activity and confidence building exercise.

The SmartCape programme offers basic computer literacy which includes an introduction to computers, office productivity packages like Writer, Calc, etc., writing of CVs and cover pages, creating a budget sheet, setting up of email addresses, internet and cyber security.

Once the programme is completed, each Matrix Clinic arranges a graduation ceremony where the graduates are awarded certificates.

Graduation ceremonies have been held at Tafelsig Nelson Mandela Family and Youth Centre, Delft South Library and Parkwood Southfield Library.

‘The SmartCape initiative is one way we are showing our commitment to excellence in basic service delivery and closing the digital divide. Taking the service to the clinics is a step that ensures that no-one gets left behind and that residents maximise on the opportunity.

‘Graduates come out with more than they expected and can integrate better into their communities,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Councillor Sharon Cottle.

Source: City Of Cape Town