Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) former IT- Software Development student, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in this field, is making life easier for high school students through the Software Development industry.
28-year-old Bongani Mngaza hails from Zwide Township in Port Elizabeth. In 2015, he started his company, Bit Avenue. The company focuses on Software and Web Solutions, thus developing an app called Sgela Saam which is a South African colloquial term for “We are learning together”.
This interactive E-learning platform contains all subjects within the South African curriculum. It offers grades 10, 11 and 12 students an opportunity to learn from different teachers, even after school hours. Scholars can share learning material notes, past exam papers, upload/download media files, word and excel documents, PDFs and problem solving skills with their peers throughout the country.
In their final year (2012) at NMMU, Bongani and his group were assigned to develop a software that could be a management system, Point of Sale, Automation, a game, website or any type of software system. The group made a NightLife App which failed, because it was not completed on time. Consequently they had to repeat their final year the following year.
In light of this, Bongani’s dream of becoming a Web Developer did not fade away. He knew that he could still achieve it. His failure fueled his desire to obtain this title.
In December that year I was already thinking of what I would do as a project for the following year.
Bongani’s plan was to focus more in Mathematics, Physics, Accounting and Biology lectures the following year, in order to come up with a working software project. “I wanted to do something exciting. Something that would be more than just getting high marks. I thought about this idea of allowing scholars from different schools in various provinces to interact and share learning material and their problem solving skills online,” he added.
This time, his project idea worked and was approved. He later graduated with a National Diploma and enrolled for BTech in 2014.
His web app went live on the 3rd of May 2017 and already has hundreds of registered users. Bongani tells us that he expects the number to grow, as marketing is currently his main priority . He also encourages teachers to register and become a part of this community because they can approve uploaded content and create quizzes for their subject groups.
To join the Sgela Saam app:
- On your phone or computer browser, type sgelasaam.com
- Click on the ‘register’ option
- Enter your details
- Click ‘register’
- Confirm your registration in your emails
- Log in
“For more updates, follow the Sgela Saam our Facebook account and remember, to be able to register you need to have an existing email account that you can access”, Bongani concluded.
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