Established in 2016 ZonkeTech (Pty) Ltd is a women-owned software development company based in La Lucia Ridge, Durban. ZonkeTech offers a unique combination of custom software solutions and digital services. Seeking to enhance the productivity of businesses by providing quality, cost effective digital solutions, our highly competent staff are constantly exploring new ways to develop novel solutions, therefore, encouraging a culture of continuous learning at ZonkeTech so that we can serve our clients in the best possible way.
ACHIEVEMENTS: 2018 Nominee at the MTN Women in ICT – SME Recognition Award, 2020- CSS Design Awards for Innovation, UX Design, UI Design and the Special Design Kudos Award, Clutch Top B2b Companies in Africa.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES: ZonkeTech is involved in several feeding schemes and digital learning initiatives at schools around the Durban North Coast.
GENDER POLICIES: ZonkeTech fosters a culture of continuous learning, transparency and gender equality. Our policies mandate an ethos of awareness on understanding gender equality in the workplace by implementing a mentoring system that encourages morale, while educating our employees.
HOW HAS GENDER EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED YOUR ORGANISATION?
Having a multiplicity of viewpoints within our organisation ignites creativity and innovation, and has helped us identify and seize new opportunities. ZonkeTech adopts an inclusive culture that enhances morale and opportunity. When you create more opportunity within an organisation the need to spend time and money on recruitment is reduced allowing us to concentrate on our core business while making a saving. Our clients come from all walks of life; gender empowerment has diversified the way we interact with our clients. If your organisation reflects the client then you are more likely to communicate effectively with them.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE TRENDS IN YOUR SECTOR?
The Covid-19 pandemic has got the world in turmoil, forcing many businesses to relook and streamline business operations. At this point software development has played a pivotal role in enhancing productivity within businesses. Staying up to date with the current and future trends ensures the longevity of a business. Within the software development sector, the use of artificial intelligence, “future proofing” applications, continuous integration and delivery, and rapid prototyping have proven fruitful within our sector. The goal is to develop effective fast loading applications that are easy to enhance in the ever-evolving tech industry.
WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS ARE YOU USING IN YOUR ORGANISATION TO KEEP IN LINE WITH THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (4IR)?
When we started ZonkeTech we had this vision of radically changing the way the world works, things like automating businesses, building better communities, connecting people and most importantly playing my part eradicating the digital gender divide. Since then, we have not used technological innovations to keep in line with the 4IR, rather we have created the innovative business tools that build a better tomorrow. Sharing our amazing ideas with many developing and blue-chip companies, wowing our clients with our fast-loading websites, progressive web applications, business automation software and basically just helping businesses do the things they love more efficiently by going digital.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU THINK LEADERS OF THE FUTURE ARE GOING TO NEED?
Passion and determination have always proven to be a winning factor when it comes to being a successful leader. However, communication is a skill set that is paramount when trying to get a message across. Having effective written and verbal communication skills will help you to build good working relationships.
WHICH FEMALE LEADERS INSPIRE YOU THE MOST, AND WHY?
Grace Hopper was one of the most inspirational leaders in the tech industry. She developed the COBOL programming language, invented the first programming language compiler, and coined the term “De-Bugging” after her team removed a moth stuck in a computer relay. In the male dominant tech industry, we can take solace in knowing that there are women out there who braved the odds and succeeded. Inspiring leaders like Grace Hopper have given women in tech the confidence to achieve their goals and play their part in closing the gender divide within the tech industry.
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