The Programming Elites Club (PEC) is more than just a student organisation; it is a dynamic community of individuals who share a common enthusiasm for programming, coding and all things tech. It aims to nurture talent, encourage innovation and provide a platform for tech students to shine.
Mfundo Ngcobo, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) student and Founder of PEC said: “We believe that by joining forces and leveraging our knowledge and skills we can help to shape the future of the IT industry and impact our community meaningfully. We understand the importance of continuous learning and growth, which is why we aim to provide opportunities for our members to connect with professionals and peers in the tech industry. Through our exploration of tech industries and businesses, we will create networking opportunities that can open doors to internships, mentorships and potential career paths.”
He added that they are committed to advocate for computer science education and policy changes that will benefit students and the industry, that they will actively engage in community outreach programs, as well as promoting diversity and inclusion in the field of technology. By raising awareness and tackling the problems their community faces, they can make a lasting impact.
Since financial barriers should not hinder deserving students from pursuing their dreams, the club plans to create programmes to provide financial assistance, as well as seek partnerships with companies and individuals to fund bursaries that cover tuition fees, books and other educational expenses. In addition, the club will approach local technology companies to establish internship programmes for computer science graduates, thus bridging the gap between academia and the industry.
“Continuous learning and exposure are essential for personal and professional growth. Who knows, the projects you work on today, might become the startups of tomorrow! Although we are a new campus organisation, we are committed to do all we can with support from the Faculty, tech companies and the eMalahleni Campus students.”