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MBABANE While other corporate companies spoiled clients rotten in end of year functions, Computronics preferred to be more dynamic and pampered the children whose education they sponsored and families they assist. By Zothile Mabusela.

The end of year function was held at Computronics premises yesterday, where more than 50 children were present. “Rather than lavish our much appreciated clients, as we have in the past, this year we spent that money on giving a bit of Christmas spirit and cheer to the families and micro communities Computronics supports. Most of these families would otherwise have had very little celebration and this is one of the small gestures where we show the importance of being actively involved in our communities,” said Julian von Hirschberg, the Managing Director.


He added that Computronics had also coined a phrase; ‘Compumunity’ which best describes the company’s community involvement. Maguga Mncina, the National Director of Hope Education Foundation, who was also the Guest Speaker said Computronics had been involved in supporting children through school and meeting the needs of various communities in the best way they could for years and this is a legacy that was passed on from Gretchen Wallace’s (Mrs. von Hirschberg) family, who did tremendous work while in Swaziland. “Today we have young adults who are in schools within the city through the support of Computronics. They continue to support other community driven initiatives that are aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged families. This takes a lot of money to achieve but they have taken up the challenge,” he said.

Below are some of the individual s whose lives have been changed due to educational sponsorship provided by Computronics:


I come from a family of seven children and my parents struggled to take us to school. My fees started being paid for when I was in Form One until I reached Form Five. Whilst I waited for my O’Level results, Gretchen gave me a temporary job as a receptionist at Computronics. When I finally received my results, I was fully sponsored to go to Birch Cooper where I am doing Human Resource Management studies. I have been privileged and this is all thanks to Computronics. Now I believe in myself and I know that I matter.

We have five children, four of whose school fees is paid for by Computronics. We were no longer able to pay for their fees, such that they had to drop out of school. The children were so hurt they refused to eat and you could tell they missed school. By the grace of God, Gretchen was open to our request and she helped us pay for our children’s fees. The joy in us cannot even be explained and we are so humbled. Thanks to Computronics our children have better opportunities than we had. They have shown ‘Ubuntu to us”



Thank you for being part of the Compumunity in 2007. We look forward to providing excellent IT products and services to you in 2008. Julian von Hirschberg