Arriving to South Africa with CSC

Saturday, June 14, 2014

It is very exciting to finally arrive to South Africa for IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program. I arrived to Johannesburg today, after twelve weeks of preparation. The purpose of the CSC program is to give IBM leaders an opportunity to give back to communities worldwide, a kind of corporate peace corps. During the four week CSC assignment, participants perform community projects at the intersection of business, technology, and society. Our IBM CSC team has 14 participants across the globe. At the same time as helping communities worldwide, the program serves as a leadership development program and makes IBM leaders aware with grow markets and global issues (here is an article about the program in. Blloomberg businessweek

In the afternoon, we visited the Apartheid Museum. A visit to this museum is eye opening, and helps understand and experience what South Africa was like. The country has made great strides in building a society for everybody, but change doesn't always come easy and much remains to be done.

We also visited Nelson Mandela's house, a humble little house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto,
South Africa, where this charismatic and beloved leader lived with his family during the apartheid era.

1 comment:

  1. Brings back memories of visiting the same places at the start of my time as part of the South Africa 11 team earlier this year. I hope you have a terrific time working on your projects over the coming weeks.