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Second LPI Training of Trainers workshop kicks off in Johannesburg

The second Linux Admin Training of Trainers workshop for Southern Africa kicked off in Randburg, Johannesburg, on Monday, 20th February. This workshop is bringing together 17 participants from South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi. At the end of the two week training, the participants will be ready to sit the LPIC-1 exams which will be hosted here at the Randburg Youth Chamber of Commerce (Rycob) Technoprenuership centre.

During the brief opening ceremony which was graced by Mr Balthas Seibold, the senior project Manager at GIZ, the participants expressed their readines to tackle the LPI-1 syllabus and the exams at the end of the workshop. Balthas encouraged them and assured them of ongoing support by ict@innovation as they plan to roll out their trainings back home once they get certified. He also introduced the new organization that the programme is now being run under, that is GIZ, which has been created by merging DED, inWent and GTZ. GIZ started its operations in January 2011.

George Nyambuya, the ict@innovation Africa Coordinator, informed the participants that the success of the FOSS Certification pillar depended on them and the team of trainers that we are building around the FOSS certification pillar. He therefore urged them to actively spread the use of FOSS in Africa by delivering LPI training and certification in their institutions back home once they get certified. He also urged the participants to give their ideas regarding what kind of support that they would want to get from ict@innovation in order to ensure success of their training programmes in a sustainable way.

Also present during the opening was Mark Clark who is leading a team of 3 highly trained and experienced LPI trainers from Jumping Bean for this workshop. Jumping Bean is a leading LPI Approved Trainer based in Johannesburg. He thanked GIZ for the support that they are giving towards building FOSS capacities in Africa.

At the end of this training, ict@innovation hopes to further increase their pool of LPI trainers across Africa. This follows the very successful training lab held in Nairobi in November last year, where we trained about 18 participants. Out of these, 13 participants became fully LPIC-1 certified after passing both exams.


During this workshop, we hope that we will in collaboration with the participants, come up with a workable strategy for the follow up trainings which will be implemented by them.

I take this opportunity to wish all the participants a pleasant learning experience, success in the upcoming exams and of course success in their training once they get back home. Please also visit and explore the new ict@innovation portal which has been newly re-launched and enjoy the new look and functionality. It is now much easier to navigate the site and to participate in the activities at the portal.


Please see the presentation by Balthas here (coming shortly)

See the presentation by Evans, the FOSS Certification Pillar Manager, here.

See the the photos on Marks Facebook page here


I am happy to have been part of the coordinating team that made this happen at RYCOB.
There were a lot of challenges that kept the GIZ ICT@innovation team on their feet,these ranged form electricity to no water in the Hotel rooms of the participants.

Technical Training:
The Jumping Bean Team of Mark,Turst and Mpho were just excellent and above board.Well done guys.You know your Linux story.It always nice working with a committed team like you.

Many thanks for your patience from the Technical IT challenges to the delayed lunches at times.Your participation was great.It was nice being around you,though most of the time I was behind the scene trying to get things moving.I enjoyed your guys.

RYCOB (venue provider)
Well done.Together we can do some much more.And by the way,there is a training opportunity with RYCOB for IT Training,that there are working with the University of Pretoria.There are now looking at incorporating Open Source/Business Models training in the course.So FBT' out for this opportunity.

In conclusion,the workshop was a great experience plus all its challenges etc.I however think that the challenges far out weighed the benefits.The benefits of working with a young organization (RYCOB) that has an enrollment of about 3000 SME business,meeting with the Gauteng Provincial Government representatives and also other opportunities along side networking that come with being at RYCOB.Thank you to the whole RYCOB team

George G Nyambuya


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