Partnership agreement in South Africa for Texthelp Ltd, the makers of BrowseAloud

Edit Microsystems (Pty) Ltd, a leading supplier of education and corporate technology solutions in Southern Africa, are proud to announce our partnership with Antrim based company, Texthelp. With assistance from Invest Northern Ireland, this collaboration sees the two companies come together to supply Texthelp’s product, BrowseAloud into the South African market.

BrowseAloud, provides worldwide leadership in online reading and translation support with more than 7,000 websites using the solution. This unique software program is designed to make online content more accessible to those with print disabilities and those who speak English or Afrikaans as a second language. Through the addition of an easy-to-use toolbar to your website, BrowseAloud gives reading support (including text-to-speech, magnification and translation) to your website visitors on any device – without requiring any payment or installation from the user. BrowseAloud is suitable for any corporate, government, educational or non-profit organisation seeking to make information available and accessible online to their customers, community-members, students or stake-holders.

Edit Microsystems (Pty) Ltd is an award winning company that has been involved in the supply of solutions to educational institutions and community projects throughout South Africa for more than 21 years. The company is committed to inclusive education and accessibility for individuals of all abilities.

Tamryn Smit, Product Manager for Edit Microsystems Ltd commented on the partnership, “We are delighted to include BrowseAloud in our portfolio of products. The features that are on offer provide many people access to online services and we believe that together we can help those who are digitally excluded. We believe this is another important step towards bridging the digital divide in South Africa.”

The partnership was also welcomed by Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director and outlined by David Robinson, BrowseAloud General Manager.

Dr Kell said, “This is an important development for Texthelp in a new market that offers substantial potential for fast growth because there’s huge demand for new learning technologies. The company has a longstanding commitment to exporting and has experienced fast growth particularly in the US and Europe. It is also now developing opportunities for its innovative technology in the Gulf.

BrowseAloud took part in an Invest NI marketing initiative in South Africa and was helped by our in market advisor in Johannesburg to identify a suitable partner, Edit Microsystems, in this huge marketplace that has close links with the UK and Ireland.”

David Robinson, General Manager, BrowseAloud said: “Edit Microsystems is an ideal partner for us because we share the same passion in providing technology to all those who need support when accessing online information and services.

Bridging the digital divide is a priority for us and I believe our partnership with Edit Microsystems will help remove some of the barriers faced by the South African population. In today’s digital world, it is essential to open up new opportunities through encouraging personal empowerment”.

For more information about BrowseAloud in South Africa and how you can make your website more accessible, please contact Edit Microsystems on Tel: +27(0)21 433 2520 or Email: info@editmicro.co.za