With 4 700 registered users currently using its platform, the Virtual Institute of Technology (VIT) expects its user numbers to grow “exponentially” over the next 18 months.

This is according to VIT project manager Phumzile Hlatshwayo, speaking at the launch of the edtech company before a hybrid audience.

President Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the virtual basic education lekgotla on Thursday morning which takes place under the theme: ‘Equipping learners with knowledge and skills for a changing world’.

The chief executive of Vodacom in Limpopo Imran Khan says they are working on expanding the education ecosystem by improving technology. This after Vodacom donated 25 devices and software to the the Limpopo department of Education. The devices will be allocated to schools in the Vhembe district that do not have ICT labs but have been beneficiaries of the SA Connect initiative.

Khan says as the company that focuses a lot on the 4th industrial revolution, they will make sure that they help in bridging the socio-economic divide digitally. Andy Songo, Chief Operating Officer of Thabure – partners in the project  with Vodacom –  says all they want is to see rural children accessing education and getting employed.