The opening of the Sakubva Community Information Centre has been hailed as key in the new knowledge-based society were access to data and expertise has become essential for development.

The community information centre opened in Sakubva has been seen as a gateway that will allow youths in the constituency to harness new information and communication technologies.

POTRAZ board member, Dr Nancy Saungweme said the community information centres will also assist the urban as well as rural populace in bridging the technological divide.

“The range of services that we have introduced at the center will allow the people of Sakubva to literally have a one stop shop that includes internet, postal, as well as an assortment of banking services,” said Dr Saungweme.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Engineer Sam Kundishora said over 9 500 individuals trained at community information centres countrywide.

“We are happy at the levels of uptake of ICT’s in all the centres countrywide. We even have the elderly coming in for the courses and to us this is what we mean when we say we want to bridge the technological gap,” he said.

Community information centres are innovative ways of addressing technological challenges under a single roof, providing simple, single-point access to information and services.