Liquid Telecom South Africa has announced it will be opening two Innovation and Digital Skills Centres in the Eastern Cape.

The centres will be located in East London and Mthatha. Liquid Telecom says it aims to open them in the first quarter of 2020.

The centres will be equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms and high speed connectivity.

In addition training and education relating to digitisation, computing and development of technology skills will be provided.

“By supporting Eastern Cape communities with access to high-speed internet, training in technology skills and platforms we are helping them prepare for the jobs of the future. The launch of the Innovation and Digital Skills Centres is key to entrepreneur empowerment which is fully aligned to Liquid Telecom’s vision of Building Africa’s digital future,” Liquid Telecom chief executive officer, Reshaad Sha said in a statement.

In addition to the services being presented by Liquid Telecom, the centres will provide access to the 21C Skills program. The program is specifically designed with African learners in mind according to the firm.

The construction of these centres is possible thanks to a partnership with the Eastern Cape Government.

“The Eastern Cape is encouraged by organisations such as Liquid Telecom’s commitment to providing innovative solutions to develop the Youth of our province, for 4IR readiness,” Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane said in a statement.

“This is a crucial milestone for the Digital Inclusivity agenda of the Province. We recognise the Innovation and Digital Centres as an important lever for development and ICT transformation in giving our people access to hi-tech ICT skills, whether they are in the rural hinterland or in the ever-growing urban areas. We strongly believe that with true ICT skills and capacitation, new opportunities for economic participation will arise for our people,” concluded Mabuyane.