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The Naledi3d Factory


Founded in 2000, the Naledi3d Factory was one of the first companies to join the Innovation Hub in Pretoria.

The company has over fifteen years of experience in the building of visual content using virtual reality (VR) – which we also refer to as “interactive visual simulations” - and also pioneering the use of VR in the upliftment of our poorer communities across Africa.

Synergies between “virtual reality” and “Africa” are not obvious links to make, and our origins were preceded by several years of brainstorming (over many beers) and a sharing of ideas amongst individuals from different walks of life and professions…

 

Geographic spread


The Naledi3d Factory has close ties with organisations in Sweden, the USA, Asia, the UK and Europe.

However, we focus our implementation efforts in Africa - where we have worked with organisations in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Sudan, Senegal, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa itself.

 

B-BBEE Codes of Practice


The Naledi3d Factory qualifies as an EME (Exempt Micro Enterprise) and is a Level 4 company as per the DTI Generic Scorecard.

 

Social entrepreneurship


The Naledi3d Factory as a company was born out of a desire to make a social contribution to the African Diaspora, building on the principles of what has become known as “social entrepreneurship” .


Social Responsibility


By the very nature of our project work, much has a strong social element – our focus on using VR in Africa to benefit disadvantaged communities is integral to community development and in itself has a significant social impact.

As an SME however, we do try to do more where we can - for example:

  • Cell C Bring a girl child to work campaign (with the Innovation Hub) – hosting up to 12 girls on a careers visit for a day each year
    Here are our certficates for 2008 and 2013
  • DoC Careers Expo – participating in the annual Dept. of Communications Careers Expo to show FET and school students how their ICT skills can be used in one application area – the development of Virtual Reality simulations and with examples on how they can be used. The Careers Expo attracts over 450 young minds each year.
  • Vocational internships - when we can, we offer internships to local college students as a way to help gain some practical / vocational experience. Out of 14 students, five have gone on to join us full time.
  • Enablis e-circle – as an e-circle facilitator, we co-coordinate a support group of small SME owners in Pretoria, which meets monthly at the Naledi3d Factory
  • Equipment donations – we try to ensure that all our unwanted and disused equipment goes on to find new deserving owners
  • SciFest (2007) – we exhibited at SciFest in 2007 to demonstrate science and technology through VR to the many young visitors to the annual SciFest in Grahamstown
  • CSIR football kit – in 2003, when the CSIR development side was struggling to get off the ground – we supplied a full set of kit - that is still in use today…

 

Memberships



ungaid Member of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development - an open and inclusive platform for dialogue on innovative ways of harnessing ICT for advancing development.