Lending a helping hand to the forgotten class

Xperien has launched a CSI initiative to support forgotten students at middle-class independent and private schools. Many of these less established schools are closing down and scholars will be unable to complete the academic year due to the detrimental impact of the pandemic.

The initiative aims to provide struggling learners with refurbished laptops to help them surmount this enormous challenge. Xperien collects redundant computers from corporate companies across the globe, offering a free data sanitising service in exchange. Once sanitised, the equipment is refurbished and redistributed to previously disadvantaged communities.

Xperien CEO Wale Arewa says there is a gap that needs to be filled in assisting scholars from the 'forgotten class'. "We have therefore developed a program to assist scholars from private schools at the lower end of the market.”

“With no support from the Government, these families find it extremely challenging to pay school fees or to purchase laptops to ensure the continuation of studies. The parent’s priority is to feed and provide shelter for the child rather than to pay school fees or to buy a refurbished laptop which would rather cover a month’s worth of groceries," he explains.

Through its relationship with corporate companies, Xperien has been able to create value from their used equipment to bridge the digital divide. However, when disposing of any IT asset, it is necessary for the company to guarantee that the data stored on the asset is destroyed according to industry standards and more importantly, government regulations.

"Our offer to corporates is the safe collection of redundant equipment, data erasure and reporting so that they can dispose of their IT equipment knowing that they have complied with relevant legislation and have received the best value for your redundant IT equipment," he concludes.

The need for support has grown exponentially, especially at middle-class independent and private schools. As a result, Xperien has decided to seek global assistance.

More about Xperien (www.xperien.com)

Established in 1999, Xperien (Pty) Limited is a leading Johannesburg-based South African Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) company. We are the only company in Africa with ISO9001:2015 accreditation specifically for ITAD.

We provide our clients with secure, accredited ITAD services. Our value proposition is to protect our clients’ personal information and intellectual property that resides on their computers during technology changes and at “end-of-service”.

Our clients – primarily within the financial services sector – enlist our services to manage their enterprise and desktop infrastructures within South Africa and abroad.

Xperien provides cost-effective solutions to combat the challenges associated with data loss and to mitigate reputational risk. Our compliance meets the CEGS & NIST SP 800-88, particularly in terms of data destruction processes, while adherence to the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) & General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is core to our business. Logistical solutions are tailored to meet our clients’ geographical spread and to negate the ever-present risk of hard-drive theft from decommissioned computers.

Xperien has partnered with independent financial services company Merchant West to provide continuous IT lifecycle solutions, a fresh line of alternative funding to reduce the cost of IT assets. The partnership offers a full end-to-end IT Asset Lifecycle solution from acquisition to financing, management and disposal.

Blancco partner Xperien can now ensure the safe and secure destruction of all data and the complete sanitisation of all IT assets prior to disposal. Blancco data erasure solutions have been tested, certified, approved and recommended by 15+ governing bodies and leading organisations around the world. No other data erasure software can boast this level of compliance with the rigorous requirements set by government agencies, legal authorities and independent testing laboratories.

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Company: IT Public Relations

Contact: Ivor van Rensburg

Cell: 082 652 8050

Email: ivor@itpr.co.za

456 Granite Drive, Kya Sand,

Randburg, South Africa, 2163


Tel: +27 11 462 8806

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