Potraz through the Universal Service Fund (USF) launched the Mudzi Community Information Centre (CIC) in Mashonaland East Province during the World Post Day Commemorations on Friday, as a means to bridge the digital divide between the urban and the rural areas.
These centres are established in areas with limited availability of ICT gadgets and areas with challenges of service affordability.
Through the CICs, communities will access internet and electronic services, training on basic computer and entrepreneurial skills, photocopying, printing, scanning and also gaming for children and those young at heart.
Speaking at the World Post Commemorations Director General Dr Gift Machengete said that CICs are meant ensure the Posterity of the Post
“..In collaboration with the government, and the Ministry Of ICT and Cyber Security the designated postal operator Zimpost has embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring postal sector sustainability and viability,”he said.
One such project is the Community Information Centre Project where the Authority is renovating unutilized and underutilized sections of already existing post offices, where members of the community can access internet and lithographic services at concessionary rates,”
Apart from CICs the Mudzi community is set to benefit from learning centres that will equip residents with ICT knowwledge.
“Learning Centres have also been set up at some of these Post Offices where communities receive computer appreciation courses free of charge in order to enhance digital literacy,”
ZimPost Managing Director Sifundo Moyo said that currently ZimPost is currently operating the POTRAZ funded Communication Information Centres to cater for communication needs in the modern era.
“ZimPost has taken note of the developments around technology disruptions and opportunities,and has over the years diversified its product portfolio,”