The MiDO Foundation was founded by Dale and Verity Simons of MiDO Technologies (Pty) Ltd., a black-owned business specialising in creative, cutting-edge information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for educational institutions.

Our mission at the MiDO Foundation is to turn young people in South Africa into digital citizens with the digital skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), a world where their mastery of these skills will be vital to finding employment.

We do this through our Digital Technology Hubs and our Digital Citizenship Programme.

Our Team

The team at MiDO Foundation consist of a diverse group of individuals with an extensive set of skills from  information and communications technology to infrastructure roll-out, leadership development and expertise in the effective application of Google for Education in the education sector.

We have 6 Hub Coordinators on-site providing continuous assistance.

We also employ 20 teachers training assistants per year on a 12-month paid internship contract at the Digital Technology Hubs at the schools we service.

Claudean Wenn
Operations Manager

She is responsible for the management of our hub coordinators, oversees the implementation of projects sponsored by the Rupert Education Trust and Remgro, and gathers and analyses data about the impact of our projects on the youth, learners and teachers, and formulates feedback reports that are distributed to all our stakeholders.

Her interest in education spurred her on to join the MiDO Foundation team in 2016 as Project Manager. In this role she managed all the ICT school projects of MiDO Technologies, the community-focused IT business under which the MiDO Foundation resides. She is currently studying towards a B.Ed degree at Unisa.

Our Board

We are constantly growing the expertise of our Board which currently consists of:

Daniel Solomons
Executive Director: The MiDO Foundation

He is passionate about transforming the lives of South Africans and positively affecting the youth. Daniel is a Stellenbosch University graduate with a BA in Industrial Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/Aids Management, an MPhil in HIV/Aids Management and a MTh in Clinical Pastoral Care. He has spent most of his career working with students and learners, first as Faculty Secretary for the Law, Theology and Economic and Management Sciences faculties and later as Director of Dynamic Skills Consultants.

Through these positions he assisted prospective students with university admission queries and guidance on school subject choices to gain entry to university, and offered skills development programmes for the youth and high school learners in need of study skills and in learning motivational techniques. He has also assisted the Western Cape Education Department with the High School Improvement Programme aimed at Grade 12s. Daniel is also the Director of The Breathe Institute, an NGO offering trauma and relationship counselling services to lower income individuals and the general public, and has facilitated a range of workshops on leadership, conflict resolution, strategic planning and diversity management.

Verity Simons
Business Administrator: MiDO Technologies & the MiDO Foundation

Verity Simons is our Business Administrator and manages all human resources, administration, finance and our technical team. She holds a Diploma in Hotel Operations and Management and has more than 18 years’ experience in management and administration.

She is dedicated to providing opportunities for South Africa’s youth to develop technological skills and believes that there is nothing as important as exposing the youth to the limitless possibilities that exist beyond their current environments.

Dale Simons
Managing Director: MiDO Technologies

Dale Simons is the Managing Director of MiDO Technologies and is highly skilled in information and communication technology software solutions, support, training and systems implementation. He has worked for Pragma Africa, an international leader in the provision of asset management services, and Spier Holdings, a well-known wine and leisure business. During his time at Pragma and Spier, he worked as an ICT Consultant, a Support Manager, Systems Administrator, IT Manager, Group IT Manager and an ICT Director.

He holds a NDip in Mechanical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and completed a project management course at AECI Engineering. Dale has also completed the 12-month Executive Development Programme of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. In 2003, he became a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. His knowledge and experience in ICT solutions for educational and public benefit organisations combined with his desire to bring about change and transformation in society are the driving forces behind his commitment to prepare the youth for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Should you be interested in volunteering your skills and time to serve as a MiDO Foundation Board member, please feel free to contact Dale Simons at dales@mido.co.za.