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Networks Unlimited achieves B-BBEE Level 1 rating


Continues with positive procurement alignment for partners as well as educational upliftment of vulnerable communities

JOHANNESBURG – June 10, 2021 - Networks Unlimited has been certified as a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Level 1 contributor. This rating comes a year after the company was previously recognised as a Level 2 contributor.

CEO Anton Jacobsz comments, “As a company that is committed to the development of South Africa, Networks Unlimited has always been deeply invested in education as part of the economic transformation of the country. Our ongoing partnership with The Love Trust, our B-BBEE partner since 2018, has permitted us to play our part in true empowerment by the upliftment of young people and teachers in disadvantaged communities.

“Our Level 1 B-BBEE rating offers positive implications for those organisations with whom we partner, including assisting them to improve their procurement points, as we are now able to offer a procurement rating of 135 percent."

Jacobsz adds, “In addition to our strong procurement element, this Level 1 rating is also an acknowledgement of the investment the company has made in our people, through both internal skills development, as well as the upliftment programmes and initiatives we have deployed or which we support. We believe that Networks Unlimited is, in a very real sense, helping to change people’s lives for the better, both internally within the company as well as outside it.”

The Love Trust, founded in 2009, is a South African non-profit educational organisation which has, to date, reached over 20,000 primary and secondary beneficiaries in disadvantaged communities.

The Love Trust focuses on three areas, including running Nokuphila School, a low-fee, private school in Tembisa; early childhood development teacher training centres, offering NQF level 4 accredited training to teachers and principals from township and rural communities; and early childhood development centre support to preschools and creches in communities of need.

“The agreement with The Love Trust was structured specifically to have a strong focus on community upliftment and the education of young and vulnerable children, with the aim of making a difference for South Africa’s youth. We believe that education is one of the keys that will allow us to truly unlock South Africa’s potential going forward,” concludes Jacobsz.

About Networks Unlimited
Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, offering the best and latest solutions within the converged technology, data centre, networking, and security landscapes. The company distributes best-of-breed products, including Arbor Networks, Fortinet, F5, Mellanox, ProLabs, Rackmount, RSA, Rubrik, Silver Peak and Tintri. The product portfolio provides solutions from the edge to the data centre, and addresses key areas such as cloud networking and integration, WAN optimisation, application performance management, application delivery networking, Wi-Fi-, mobile- and networking security, load balancing, data centre in-a-box, and storage for virtual machines.

Since its formation in 1994, Networks Unlimited has continually adapted to today's progressively competitive and evolving marketplace, and has reaped the benefits by being a leading value-added distributor (VAD) within the Sub-Saharan Africa market. Networks Unlimited complies with the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines as a Level 4 Contributor.

Networks Unlimited Africa, Shamini Schaaf-Hardwick, +27 (0) 11 202 8400, shamini@nu.co.za
icomm, Vivienne Fouché, +27 (0) 82 602 1635, vivienne@pr.co.za, www.icomm-pr.co.za




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