Project Isizwe creates an impact on Broadband Awards shortlist
Project Isizwe has been shortlisted for the Broadband Award for ‘Broadband Delivering Social Impact’ by the Broadband World Forum. The annual Broadband Awards are one of the most prestigious awards in the broadband space, bringing together some of the biggest names in the international telecoms industry.
Project Isizwe is honoured to be included on the shortlist for its work creating sustainable business models that address the problem of high data costs in South Africa. Since 2013, Project Isizwe has facilitated free internet connectivity for over 3.5 million South Africans. TshWi-Fi–the flagship project in the City of Tshwane–helps citizens access the online world via Free Internet Zones situated at schools, healthcare facilities and community centres that predominantly serve the low-income communities living and working in the City’s townships.
Inspiring and empowering content has always been a part of the Project Isizwe blueprint, and
TshWiFi.com, the unlimited access content portal, provides users with relevant and hyper-local news, and educational content seconds after they log on.
Through continuous innovation Project Isizwe has garnered numerous accolades and awards and received praise from the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga. But free WiFi has made the most impact on the everyday people of South Africa. “TshWi-Fi gives the youth the opportunity to expand their minds,” says Lenah Mashiya, a local radio station presenter and TshWi-Fi Champion, who encourages young people to use the internet in all areas of their lives.
It’s this kind of feedback that has spurred Project Isizwe to even greater innovation. Initiatives like Khaye-Fi, a project using recycling and education as currency to enable the development of revenue generating opportunities for entrepreneurs in Khayelitsha, are taking the lessons learned in Tshwane and expanding them.
The CO4ZA Ambassador Programme, volunteering, training and micro-jobbing project have directly facilitating users’ access to an online Work Readiness programme which has successfully enabled more than 28 000 people to directly connect with online work-readiness training.
The continuing success of Project Isizwe initiatives show that with smart partnerships and an innovative mindset, a non-profit organisation can use technology to effectively empower the people of this country and create an #Internet4All
The awards ceremony will happen during the Broadband World Forum, taking place in Messe, Berlin from 24-26 October 2017.