18 August 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa: EOH, Africa’s largest technology service provider, has partnered with RebuildSA to deliver a communications platform from which to instantly engage the growing RebuildSA volunteer base nationally and connect them with businesses and communities impacted by the recent unrest.
RebuildSA, a network of volunteers, NGOs, sponsors and donor, was born out of a need to provide the resources required to make impactful and sustainable social change to South Africa’s riot-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. RebuildSA connects volunteers and sponsors and provides access to resources to support small businesses, NGOs and strained communities that are rebuilding and recreating.
The communications platform, a WhatsApp bot developed by EOH in partnership with Public Display Technologies SA (PDTSA) was designed to ensure that communications are disseminated in real-time to assist in getting volunteers to impacted areas around the country.
Said EOH Group Chief Executive Officer, Stephen van Coller, “At EOH, we believe that to build a better and safer South Africa, we need to come together. The platform was developed by our team of specialists in iOCO, a subsidiary of EOH, soon after the looting started to enable volunteers to make a difference in areas that needed support, and importantly using real-time information. We encourage all South Africans to join hands and support the RebuildSA initiative by making use of the bot.”
The bot was designed to reach thousands of volunteers, direct them to key areas within the country and engage with the multitudes of volunteers assisting with the RebuildSA initiatives.
RebuildSA’s founder, Mbali Ndhlovu said "It’s been exciting for us to have EOH as a partner, their depth and breadth of technology expertise alongside their commitment to volunteerism as a company has really brought a large amount of value to our efforts and the sustainability of this initiative. Although relative calm has been restored there is still a lot of work required to support the rebuilding of communities and businesses. That is where the bot comes in and connects volunteers with this important initiative.”
How the bot works:
The bot-enabled WhatsApp engagement solution provides a variety of options that South Africans can choose from to support the RebuildSA initiative. These include:
1. Connecting volunteers with rebuilding efforts
2. Connecting NGO’s and other organisations with volunteers who’d like to donate their time,
money or goods
3. Connecting affected businesses with relief efforts specific to their needs
To make use of the bot and support the RebuildSA initiative, WhatsApp “hi” to 066 510 9831.
ReBuildSA, a network of volunteers, NGOs, sponsors and donors who assisted and continue to assist in rebuilding communities, small businesses, schools, clinics, homes and lives in South Africa’s riot affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
EOH is one of the largest technology services companies in Africa and has a wide range of solutions in Industry Consulting, IT Services, Software, Industrial Technologies and Business Process Outsourcing. The Group continues to be an undisputed market leader in its core ICT businesses which operates principally under the iOCO brand name. The nature of this business is systemic to both the public and private sector and is an integral technology partner for a number of South Africa’s leading JSE-listed, blue-chip companies as well as key metros and government departments. It’s other business, NEXTEC collaborates with world-leading technology providers to design, implement and manage intelligent value-adding infrastructure and people solutions that make a positive and lasting impact.
The Group’s c.6200 employees deliver services to over 5000 enterprise customers across all major industries throughout South Africa, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. As a proudly South African business, EOH is committed to sustainable transformation, making a positive, meaningful contribution to society, and is a Level 1 Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (‘B-BBEE’) contributor.
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