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ABOUT US.

MicrolinkPC

Microlink PC South Africa with its head office in the United Kingdom is one of the world’s largest independent Assistive Technology companies, the largest of its kind in the UK and Europe’s leading solutions provider.  Supporting most universities, they provide solutions to hundreds of students allowing them to independently work on their own in order to achieve their maximum potential.

As well as our developments in the UK and Europe, we work with Government Departments across the EMEA region and South Africa.

Microlink PC encompasses all aspects of disabilities by partnering with existing companies to provide a uniquely complete and bespoke solution.
 

 Vision

Our vision is one of Universal Inclusivity.  Empowering individuals with or without disabilities to connect, access and achieve their full potential.  It is the future we are driving toward and the reason we exist.

 Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals and organisations through the provision of the most innovative and appropriate Assistive Technology solutions at any point in their journey, allowing them to connect with, access and achieve their true potential.

 

Assistive Technology

 What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is an umbrella term used to describe technology that is used to empower people with varying abilities to live, work and study on an equal playing field.

Assistive Technology helps students with a wide spectrum of disabilities and/or learning difficulties including dyslexia, visual impairments, hearing impairments and mobility impairments.

The competitive advantage individuals, schools, colleges and universities can develop and sustain through the application of Assistive Technology can be significant.  There is a vast spectrum of technologies that cater to individuals, specific groups and an entire base regardless of learning difficulties and/or disabilities.  These technologies are designed for individuals to access and achieve their true potential.

Is Assistive Technology only for people who have disabilities?

No. Assistive Technology is used by a spectrum of people. Many AT products are applied in ways that can act as a disability tool and/or as a productivity tool.

 

Microlink South Africa

What We Want

Microlink PC South Africa will strive to be Africa’s largest independent supplier of assistive technology and disability related management services

 

What We Do

Engineering bespoke services in the Education, Governmental, Private and Public Services bridging the gap for people with disabilities through the supply of assistive technologies so that people may function in both their personal lives and in work environments on an equal basis with both colleagues and peers.

 

Reseller Statement

Microlink PC South Africa is focused on complying with the equalities act and supplying the necessary equipment in both an import and reseller capacity to the South African market and to sell to like-minded businesses throughout South Africa and the African continent.      

 

Who we are

Started in 1992, Nasser and Vee continue to ensure Microlink remains true to its founding principles.  Microlink PC UK was instrumental in the forming and development of many of the United Kingdom bodies and would be best suited to consult with the relevant associations in order to correctly and efficient put into place a similar process for the South African Market.

 

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE - CEO / Co-founder

Born in Iran in 1963 Dr Nasser Siabi OBE is the CEO and co-founder of Microlink. He has been instrumental in driving the success of the company and the development of the industry.

In 1992, having achieved his PhD in Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton University the previous year, Dr Siabi OBE set out to establish Microlink. Dr Siabi’s interest in the application of technologies to help people with disabilities, stems from working with his own disability.

His entrepreneurial flair, combined with his passion with delivering solutions for people with disabilities, has seen Microlink develop to become the largest and most innovative assistive technology company in Europe.

Recently thanks to his dedicated services to Assistive Technology in the United Kingdom, Dr Siabi was awarded an “Order of the British Empire” for his services and philanthropic efforts in aiding and improving life quality for people with disabilities

Dr Siabi has been at the forefront of disabilities support and is one of the foundering members of both the British Dyslexic Association (BDA), the Disabilities Student Allowance Scheme (DSA-QAG), the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and the Business Disabilities Forum (BDF) all of which are dedicated to equality in all aspects of a person personal and working life. 

 

Mr. Vahid Ganjavian (Vee) – President / Co-founder

Born in 1962, in the middle East country of Iran, Vee moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a career in financial banking and trading.

Working Financial Futures and international banking Vee was fortunate that his career took him to many different countries throughout his career including South Africa with a stint at one of South Africa’s largest banking groups. 

Vee’s passion for giving people with disabilities greater access to independence and achievements, stems from working with his own disability. Vee struggled in school, finding subjects like English literature very problematic but excelling in maths and physics. As an adult he was diagnosed with dyslexia and felt that it is extremely important to raise awareness in this area for future generations to better connect in education.

Suffering from dyslexia Vee found that many of the products on the market at the time were not suitable for what he needed and along with Dr. Siabi began to write their own “patch software” in order to overcome the hurdles the shortfalls experience with the products at that time, it was at this point that he realised an opportunity in the UK and European market and the concept of Microlink PC was born.

 

Mr. Danny Havenga - Director Microlink South Africa

After spending a year in the United Kingdom in 2008 and having met the Microlink PC founding directors Dr. Nasser Siabi OBE and Mr. Vahid Ganjavian, I started Microlink South Africa with the aim of developing disabilities awareness in Southern Africa and providing the best equipment and support the industry has to offer.

Also a Dyslexic, I have made it my personal aim to discover and distribute the best Assistive Technology Solutions to those who need it most.

With Partnerships in other business in South Africa, once again specialising in disabilities this relationship with Microlink PC United Kingdom was a natural progression to greater things.

Awards of Achievement

5th February 2013:  Vee Ganjavian awarded UKOBA Sword of Achievement.  This award is only presented when there is someone that demonstrates significant and extraordinary achievements in the boating world. Previous individuals who were presented with this prestigious award include the likes of Sir Richard Branson.

19th November 2012:  Diversity and Equality Awards 2012 Winners.  Microlink PC was amongst the winners chosen at the Diversity and Equality Awards.  The winners showcased the continued successful drive towards greater inclusivity in the Civil Service, with showcase achievements being made in the UK and abroad.  These awards were judged by a panel comprised of notable individuals including the Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Diversity Champion and HM Procurator-General and Treasury Solicitor.

22nd October 2012:  Microlink Pc ranked 1st overall at the Business Disability Forum Awards 2012.  To be ranked 1st in this award recognises that we have successfully made the extra steps to ensure inclusivity throughout our organisation and its services. The award is assessed through 10 criteria including Commitment, Know-how, Recruitment, Adjustments, employee Retention and Communication.

15th October 2012:  Microlink Clear Assured.  Now being recognised as Clear Assured.  Becoming a Clear Assured means that we have made a commitment to identifying and removing barriers from our recruitment policy, process and practice which may have had the potential to exclude people with disabilities.

With over 25% of own our staff working with a disability, we are pro-actively using our experience to smash stigmas about people with disabilities in the workplace. Own proven internal case study and those of our corporate clients, conclusively present quantifiable data proving that by empowering people with disabilities in the workplace, it is not just cost effective; it is good for business.

The past year has seen us further develop on our business and social case for inclusivity and we are delighted to become recognised as clear Assured.    

8th October 2012:  BDA awards Nasser with Lifetime Contribution award.  CEO Nasser Siabi OBE was surprised and delighted to be awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution in the field of dyslexia award. It was presented at the British Dyslexia Association function, which brought together individuals and businesses together to drive forward on-going awareness and to showcase some of its outstanding advocates.

22nd June 2011:  Dr Nasser Siabi Awarded OBE.  We are all very proud of our Chief Executive Dr Nasser Siabi being awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his exceptional work with people who live and work with disabilities.

 

What we can do

Having heavily marketed Microlink PC South Africa extensively for the last 3 years 8 months we are now poised and position to offer the largest and most complete solutions of assistive technology to the South African Market.  The experience and resources of Microlink PC United Kingdom have given the South African branch a distinctive advantage over anyone else in the market, having the resources for almost all areas of disabilities, see table below.

 

It is this experience, knowledge and market success that has also led the company down the route of being the only assistive technology company to be able to specifically design and implement bespoke solutions.  No matter the client’s requirements we are able to assess their necessities and tailor a solution to best fit the situation both long term and short term.

 

Areas of Expertise

Microlink has experience in many different areas of disabilities:

  1. Education

    1. Hardware Supply

    2. Software Supply

    3. Product Installation

    4. Assessments

    5. Data Collection

    6. Disability profiling

  2. Corporate / Work Place Disabilities / Government

    1. Data Collection

    2. Triage

      1. Holistic Assessment, Recommendation & Implementation

      2. Physical Assessment, Recommendation & Implementation

      3. H.I. Assessment, Recommendation & Implementation

      4. V.I. Assessment, Recommendation & Implementation

      5. SPLD Assessment, Recommendation & Implementation

      6. Ergonomic Assessment, Recommendation & Implementations

    3. Work place adjustments – Improve accessibility

    4. Assessment

    5. Supply

    6. Installation

    7. Training

  3. Assessors / Assessment Facilities / Assessment Stations

    1. Supply

    2. Installation

    3. Training

    4. Assessors

    5. Assessment Facilities

    6. Assessment Centres

    7. Technical support

    8. Data Management

  4. Case management

  5. Training

  6. Technical Support

  7. Data Capturing / Profiling / Data Management

  8. Ergonomic Supply

    1. Educational

    2. Corporate

    3. Domestic

    4. Private

    5. Government

 

Global Presence

Microlink with its routes firmly in the United Kingdom market has now begun to expand globally, this global expansion is due to one main factor; Microlink is a market innovator and is now poised to extend its umbrella to other developing countries who could best benefit from our expertise and our wealth of knowledge and distribution network.

South Africa is the first of these markets, over the last 3 years 8 months Microlink has been firmly establishing its routes in South Africa, and on the back of this success we recently entered into the Nigerian Education sector, with the implementation of a pupil profiling service (Assesses any specific learning difficulties (SPLD) and how a learner is poised to learn, be that theoretically or from a practical point of view.  We have also set up a number of remote assessment centres there to great success.

Our Parent company Microlink Global is also in the process of studying the India and Middle East Markets which thus far it has shown excellent promise.  It is the company’s vision to expand to these markets in the near future with exactly the same offering currently in the UK and proposed for South Africa.

We believe, that to offer exactly the same products and services throughout these countries, creates both a company and brand that can be constantly relied upon to meet and exceed the expectations of the end users.

 

Conclusion

This document has been created to highlight the abilities and wishes of Microlink Global and its subsidiary; Microlink South Africa.

This combined with a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable staff in South Africa with a constant back office support of the United Kingdom, the most comprehensive portfolio and distribution network, coupled with over 20 years of experience makes Microlink the ideal company for implementing you requirements.

Microlink Global has the experience, knowledge and network to supply Microlink South Africa at market beating rates, making Microlink South Africa the first and best choice for this project.

Microlink a company that positively supports disabilities in the work place has a genuine understanding of what it take to adjust the environment successfully of provide the correct and most effect support.

 

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