On a personal note …

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 | Miscelaneous

Some of you may have heard that I’ve resigned as project manager of the Khanya project of the Western Cape Education department and will leave at the end of July 2011.  This is after starting the project in April 2001 and working on building it up into one of the great success stories of the African continent.

Ten years and four months is a long time – and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!  It is sad to leave your baby in the hands of others, but it is time for me to go (and I’m comforted in the knowledge that I’m leaving the project for the last few months of its life in the hands of trusted colleagues).  I have reached the objectives that were set at the start of the project.  With the exception of the last few facilities that are in the process of being completed, all schools in the Western Cape have at least one computer facility available for learners.  Over 50 000 computers were deployed; more than 2 000 interactive whiteboards were installed in classrooms; nearly 30 000 teachers were trained in the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool; and close to a million learners have access to technology.

I was privileged to have worked with the best of the best.  The Khanya team members were hand-picked for their passion and skills and words cannot express the gratitude and admiration I have for them.  Our business partners were likewise superb.  I have long held (and expressed) the view that the state will never be able to succeed with bringing technology into education unless the private sector plays the dominant role.  I still hold that opinion.  The success of Khanya can, to a large extent, be attributed to the superb support rendered by hardware, software and other service providers.

My best wishes go to those officials of the Western Cape Education Department who will take over the task of supporting e-learning from April 2012 onwards.  I hope that they will continue to promote the use of e-learning in schools with the same enthusiasm and dedication as the Khanya team members, who are now handing the baton over to them.  May the legacy of Khanya live on!

What’s next for me?  First a long vacation.  And then … watch this space.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been pre-occupied with personal decisions and I did not give this blog sufficient attention.  I will now rectify this neglect!  And since I’ll soon no longer be accountable to a state department, I will have greater freedom to publish relevant material.  So, once again … watch this space.

I am most appreciative of the support I’ve received from my Khanya colleagues, business partners, family, friends and members of my virtual PLN over the years, and particularly over the last few rather tumultuous months.   I wish all of you only the best and I trust that we will find opportunities to continue working together in the future.  And please, let’s stay in touch through this blog.


10 Comments to On a personal note …

Friday, 22 July, 2011

I have missed you and glad to see you again! I will be watching to see what the future holds in store for you!

Friday, 22 July, 2011

Kobus – all the best to YOU. May you find comfort, peace and ALSO recognition in future for all the ICT work you have done in the past and during the present phase.

I have already e-mailed a personal THANK YOU note to your official email.


Mark C
Friday, 22 July, 2011

Thanks for the opportunities to do what we needed to do. For once, I have very little to say….

Fiona Beal
Friday, 22 July, 2011

These are such interesting statistics, Kobus. You have done a really magnificent job, and I feel very sad that it has come to an end. HOWEVER I will be ‘watching those spaces’ as I am sure you will continue to inspire us enormously. Regards, Fiona Beal

Cindi May
Saturday, 23 July, 2011

Kobus, I wish you all the best in your new journey. Stay connected on Plurk and keep us updated on your new journey. All the best to you!!

Sunday, 24 July, 2011

Thank you, Kobus, for being an inspiration to many of us over many years. Your leadership has put the Khanya Project on the map internationally. The computer resources we have in W.Cape schools are the envy of every other province in the country, and many other developing countries. It has been a pleasure working with such a well-organised and well-run team. But it isn’t your IT knowledge or even your leadership skills that have made the biggest impression on me.

Rather, it is the deep love and respect you show towards people, especially those who are less articulate or in a less powerful position. You have regularly reminded me to keep my focus on the children in our schools, when I have felt frustrated by the system.

Thank you for making such a big difference in the lives of so many children and so many teachers.

Monday, 25 July, 2011

Thank you Kobus, it was a pleasure working with you. You trusted us in numerous decisions we had to make and we were not restricted in innovativeness to equip our educators and learners resourcefully. It was indeed a bonus to have a Director that thinks out of the box. Nobody can take away the services rendered and experiences build over the years. It was inspiring, motivating and extremely exciting, to be versatile intellectuals and to think on our toes all the time. The sky was the limit The Khanya Project is only the start of more interesting developments, so let us choose our next direction wisely.
I wish you everything of the best in your future endeavour and know you will make a success of it. This is not farewell, but welcome to new communications and exiting journeys. We will surely miss you. Take care.

Gail Ahrends
Monday, 25 July, 2011

Thank you that I could be part of such a magnificent project. I have learnt so much while working for the Khanya project. Ten years of not a day passing by where I could not use my creative mind to enrich the lives of learners and teachers. Your leadership has been and still is something everyone can and should learn from. Thank you.

Alan Goldberg
Tuesday, 26 July, 2011

We wish you the very best of luck, Kobus. We’re sure you’ll make a success of whatever it is you turn your hand too. And we’re equally sure it’ll be something really interesting.

Kind regards

Alan and the team at Project 3/Digicape

Sunday, 31 July, 2011

Everything of the best for your future endeavours Kobus.
“A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.” (Kevin Bacon)
Thank you for this opportunity given to me and my fellow colleagues.

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