Pretoria takes the lead in Free WiFi provision

Pretoria — PRETORIA has underlined its status as the largest provider of free Wi-Fi in South Africa with more than 1 million unique users having accessed the service since launch in 2013. Blessing Manale, the spokesperson for the capital city, confirms the milestone although he could not shed how much the project had cost. “The […]

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More than 1 million unique users have accessed the free Wi-Fi service since its launch in 2013, which is a collaboration between the city of Tshwane together with Project Isizwe. Blessing Manale, the spokesperson for the capital city, confirms the milestone. “The city has successfully rolled out the first phase of its free Wi-Fi to […]

Rethinking connectivity – Benefits for all.

As access to broadband remains out of the reach of SA’s poor, many of whom are located in rural areas, companies are stepping into the breach, proving there are alternative ways of making a buck out of connectivity. Internet access has traditionally been the purview of those with much, while those who are poor have […]

8 African startups leading the way to ending poverty

Project Isizwe believe that internet access should not be determined by the socio-economic conditions of the individual, but be “based on the principles of social solidarity, equity and fairness”. Their aim is to facilitate the roll-out of free WiFi in public spaces for low-income communities.   View more here.

Truths About Tech in Africa: Internet Access, Affordability (a16z Podcast)

“We often hear stats like “more people have mobile phones than toilets” about places like Africa, but what does that actually mean for people? “It is b.s.,” (no pun intended!), argues one of the guests on this episode. Then there are statistical predictions about mobile penetration and usage — for example, that there will be […]

FIVE THINGS WE WANT TO HEAR IN #SONA

South Africa’s annual State of the Nation address is set to take place on Thursday night, and while the government has promised there’ll be fewer shenanigans than last year, there are still a few things we would like to hear. Signal jamming and the EFF’s entertaining antics aside, a host of topics need to be addressed before we […]