Our Partners

At the Naledi3d Factory we believe in partnering with funding organisations and building long-term relationships. In this way, we can support their evolving needs and more importantly, serve the communities in which they are based. We are proud to have been associated, and worked with the following organisations:

Tshwane University of Technology (and signed an MoU)

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was established in January 2004, following the merger of three former Technikons. The Faculty of Information and Communication technologies at TUT faces a major challenge. In addition to teaching computer science students within the faculty, up to 70% of other TUT Faculty students are also required to attend compulsory Computer Literacy courses in their first or second years. Their computer backgrounds will tend to be minimal along with, in many cases, their motivation to attend. We developed a number of simulations for them covering aspects as measurement, variables, fractions and ratios, etc. to communicate some basic concepts that will, hopefully, go a long way to improving their understanding and retention.


Rand Water Academy

The Rand Water Academy was launched in October 2012 as the premier water and sanitation training institution in South Africa. It will enroll students from local, provincial and national institutions across the country in a rigorous curriculum covering water & sewage treatment.  Rand Water contracted us to design a training centre building and to create an animation of its main features as well as fully interactive 3D environment to enable stakeholders to explore what such a building might conceptually look like on the inside and outside.

Our partnership with Rand Water stretches back over nearly a decade during which time we have created numerous water related training simulations for them.


Bursary Management Systems (and signed an MoU)

Bursary Management Systems provides a platform focused on bridging the gap between students and organisations, thus bringing them closer together through our easy-to-use and unique functionality so that students are able to identify and obtain bursaries faster.  We have embarked on the development of promotional videos for BMS.  Each video will address a specific occupation or trade and, in a 3 to 4 minute segment, explain briefly what a typical day in the job of that professional entails.


SANEDI (and signed an MoU)

SANEDI directs, monitors and conducts applied energy research and development, demonstration and deployment.  It also undertakes specific measures to promote energy efficiency throughout South Africa. We have worked with SANEDI on demonstrating the visual impact of wind and solar technologies in ecologically and historically sensitive environments, specifically in respect of Robben Island, for which we visualized a set of interactive simulations showing what the visual impact of different types of wind and solar technologies would be on the Island.



Our relationship with UNESCO goes back to 2000 and the early years of the Company. We have walked a long road together to establish Virtual Reality technology as a viable educational tool in Africa and UNESCO have been very supportive of our more recent "Interactive3d Learning Object" concept.


The Independent Development Trust (IDT)

The IDT is a South African development agency that offers programme management and development advisory services for the eradication of poverty, especially among the rural poor.
We started to work with the IDT in 2009 in areas where VR can help IDT to achieve these aims, starting with the translation of a number of existing interactive3d learning object into Sepedi and isiZulu and South Sotho.


South Africa - Finland knowledge partnership on ICT (SAFIPA)

The Finnish - South Africa knowledge partnership on ICT programme, (SAFIPA) was funded by the Finnish government and ran for five years from 2006 to 2011.  Its aim was to support innovation and knowledge creation in the field of information society technologies in South Africa. SAFIPA provided us with funds for two software projects. Firstly, the modification of EA Games’ Sim City for use as a training tool in local municipalities.  The project succeeded in modifying some of the visual elements of SimCity, and in particular the buildings, to better reflect a South African rural environment – thus giving SimCity a local context and offering an understanding of service delivery and the issues of working with and allocating scare resources at municipal level.
The second component addressed washer and tap repair in taps and cisterns and was developed as a training tool for both individuals and training facilitators to teach the vitally important yet simple techniques involved in tap and cistern maintenance.


UNESCO - IICBA (International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa)

Under Dr Fay Chung (Retd and ex-Director), IICBA became a staunch proponent of VR-based education and the potential it has to support the education profession.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A WK Kellogg pilot project to teach basic farming skills to small-holding farmers in Zimbabwe has sparked what promises to be the biggest interactive 3D agricultural training initiative of its kind in the world – and has thus far addressed aspects of soil and water conservation, pests, bee-keeping, farm implements and sorghum growing. Our partnership with the Kellogg Foundation (together with World Links - below) is set to revolutionise agricultural training in Africa and set a new benchmark for computer-based learning.


World Links Zimbabwe (and signed an MoU)

Through our on-going collaboration with the World Links Zimbabwe Trust, we have produced a range of i3dlo’s, which were translated into Shona and Ndebele by World Links and taken to rural communities in Zimbabwe (and in particular, to smallholding farmers). This work was undertaken as part of a 3-year (WK Kellogg funded) project to explore the use of VR as a means of capacity building in rural communities.


Anglo-Gold Ashanti

Because Virtual Reality can simulate real life situations without risk of injury it is an ideal tool with which to teach people safety, as well as trade skills.
Anglo-Gold Ashanti has embraced VR and we have created a number of simulations together during a relationship spanning over 6 years


The Rand Water Board

Rand Water has also become enthusiastic about the VR approach to training. We are working together on a project that develops the skills of staff members with many independent, but linked, future projects being planned. The first projects cover the testing of water chlorine (an important daily routine); the correct procedure in starting up a water pump (a potentially expensive procedure if done wrongly!) and water sampling.


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ESKOM was an early adopter of VR technology and have visualised a range of energy technologies and systems in a relationship going back to 2001.



Open Society initiative for Southern Africa - OSISA

Our collaborative PC Literacy project created a range of "Interactive3d learning objects" - each designed to help learners to better understand how computers, PC's and data communications work. This was our first major project to use the new Interactive3d Learning Object concept to package focused learning material.


The Freedom Park Trust

With the Freedom Park Trust, we used VR to visualise the Freedom Park development in its early days, with the Garden of Remembrance and associated Contemplative Spaces, as well as the (then) proposed hilltop memorial – both of which are now a reality.
In 2012, we developed a range of 9 animations to show how each of the epochs will look according to designs. These animations were used to give the exhibition builders a better idea of the end result


The Department of Labour / National Skills Fund

With the support of the National Skills Fund we developed a range of sophisticated lathe and milling simulations.
The sophistication and detail of these simulations has shown that even the most complex machines or systems can be visualised using this technology and approach.


The SA Department of Communications

Assisting in the design of the Howteq VR Centre and subsequent training and support for the staff of the centre.



South African Excellence Foundation

This was our first major project aimed at the development of an interactive training tool to help facilitators in the training of SMME owners in the South African Excellence Foundation's SMME Business Model. A ground breaking project of enormous scale, it extended the boundaries of VR-based training into an entirely new domain.



National Laser Centre

An early foray into the world of science, we developed a VR simulation with the NLC that helps to explain the inner-workings of lasers, targeting school children.



City of Roermond (Netherlands)

The City of Roermond (Netherlands) provided us with a great opportunity to show how VR could be used to communicate town planning concepts at the early stages of development - in this case, showing residents that still lived in “temporary” post-war housing how the community and environs was to be upgraded



Metropolitan City of Johannesburg

Our Urban Renewal project for the City of Johannesburg was a natural extension of the work done for the City of Roermond. Built to demonstrate landscape changes to the Moroka Dam and wet-lands complex in Soweto and to canvas support and buy-in for the proposed development.
This work was also showcased at the 2002 Johannesburg World Earth Summit.



GeoDelft Architects

In another land-use project, we worked with GeoDelft Architects (and Tweensense) to visualise a new proposed dyke system along part of the Maas River in Holland, a radical design that would protect local communities and infrastructure against normal, 50-year and 500-year floods.




Based in the Netherlands, TweenSense has also partnered with us on a number of projects such as the "Virtual Locomobile" for the Techniek Museum in Delft (Holland)






"Localisation" of Interactive3d Learning Objects

In addition to working with the above organisations on a range of diverse subjects, we are also collaborating with the following organisations in the localisation of Interactive3d Learning Objects This important work, (again, supported by UNESCO), involves local people translating VR-based objects (and changing their contexts). This work will ultimately lead to a collection of visual learning material that is not only visually interactive, but available to educators and learners alike in many languages - multilingualism at its best. Starting as an African network, this is now growing beyond our shores to include the South Pacific; and hopefully in the near future, Asia as well as South America.



Independent Development Trust South Africa

World Links Zimbabwe

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Sudan University of Science & Technology, Sudan

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Senegal

University of Eduardo Mondlane

Addis Ababa University

IICBA, Addis Ababa

Nairobi University

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