The founder of Vusmuzi Social Collective Centre, Vusi Mtshoene’s vision is to help non-profit organisations, young businesses and the unemployed youth by enabling the provision of information about job and employment opportunities so that young people can reach their goals while organisations employ young talent and uplift the community around them. Vusi has developed a programme which trains and develops unskilled volunteers to be assistants through empowering workshops run from the Centre. The Centre is adding to its service offering and is able to provide fundraising training to NGOs and train community members in the use of Free WiFi and basic technology skills. “Free Wi-Fi has played a huge role in what I have achieved. It has helped me do research, send and receive emails and connect on the different social media. Let’s work hard to change Tshwane with Free WiFi.”
Mrs Mabhena, a librarian at the Eldoraigne Community Library, says a lot of people are seen sitting outside the library premises for many hours as they make use of the Free WiFi. “There is this particular old lady who comes to use the Free WiFi to call her daughter in Australia. The Free WiFi has brought endless possibilities to our communities. With access to information, anybody can become anything.” Mrs Mabhena has witnessed community members - from the young to the old and from all walks of life - become more technologically advanced.
Martin Nyokolodi is a WiFi Champion who uses the Tshwane Free WiFi to check emails, update websites and promote the Free WiFi service on social media. Martin uses the Free WiFi to stay up-to-date on current affairs in his community, which is how he became a WiFi Champion. “I read about the WiFi installations around schools, downloaded a WiFi scanner and went on a search for WiFi. Now I’m giving back to the community as a WiFi Champion.” Martin runs ZASONG, an online radio station broadcast over the Tshwane Free WiFi. “Using Tshwane Free WiFi, we are able to receive Skype calls on the show and read emails and Facebook posts. I cannot stress enough how Tshwane Free WiFi is helping not just us and our radio podcast, but the world because we serve the best shows ever thanks to Project Isizwe and its partners.”
Lesego is a 22-year-old man from Rooihuiskraal, Centurion who has been using the Free WiFi since January 2015. Lesego spends time on the Free WiFi looking for job opportunities and sending in applications and his CV. He has been able to read news which has helped him keep up-to-date with what’s going on in South Africa and beyond. “In 5 years I see the City of Tshwane being more developed, having Free WiFi and free education. We are developing our country. We will not wait for anyone to make that change,” says Lesego.
Simphiwe Armstrong Mnyandu is a young and talented editor who has recently joined the WiFi TV team after completing his studies in Durban. Simphiwe’s experience working for an events company has given him an edge for the fast-paced life in production. He has a deep appreciation for the need to be online, producing digital content for 21st century audiences. He describes his journey to Gauteng and onto the WiFi TV team as a groundbreaking experience to have been part of, working alongside successful young people who inspire those around them.
Thuso Sello is a student who uses the Free WiFi in Lotus Gardens for downloading question papers and workbooks. Whenever he reaches his daily cap he switches to the unlimited Tobetsa portal which is helping him learn how to be an entrepreneur. Thuso is hopeful that in the next five years Tshwane will have adequate technology for the betterment of the country. He appreciates the Tshwane municipality and Project Isizwe for the WiFi because it has made it possible for him to access information that he now has at this fingertips.
Morapedi Putsoane is a new addition to the ConnectUP team and has joined in the capacity of a willing to help and eagre to learn intern. Morapedi is a recent high school graduate with a passion for being part of a team. His dedication to his own learning and growth is contagious. Morapedi has already found his time at WiFi TV to a be influential in many areas of his life as he learns new skills from the people around him.
Based out of the Tshwane Innovation Hub, Lindi Modiane is a local entrepreneur who is using the Free WiFi to help her achieve success as she embarks on her desired profession. Lindi works in design and printing and uses the Free WiFi to extend the skills that she needs to run her business. Particularly, she is able to do research, learn about new software in the industry and market her work.
Ikageng Mashaba from Itsoseng is a musical producer and composer making the most of the Free WiFi. “I’m always uploading my tracks on iTunes, YouTube and other platforms. I have my own record label so I use WiFi for admin and I communicate with artists and co-workers. Tshwane Free WiFi has been very helpful not only to me and my company but Tshwane residents as well. Thank you to everyone who is involved.”
Mukundwa Ratshikhopa is a self-motivated 21-year-old young man residing in Rooihuiskraal, Centurion whose business became a reality through using Free WiFi. Mukundwa owns a branding company and uses the Free WiFi for downloading and uploading pictures that he can print. The Free WiFi has helped him update his software programs and he no longer has to pay a lot of money to be online.
Nosi Nukwa is 20 years old and is currently a Tshwane South College student studying Marketing. For Nosi, the Free WiFi has helped her become more informed about the latest research and news. She believes that access to the internet is an important part of education. Nosi is proud to be furthering her studies in Tshwane, which she believes will, in the next 5 years, be a world class city with advanced technological innovation and more employment opportunities for the youth.
Twenty one-year-old Khotso Sekhoalela is an events coordinator, student and DJ who works on a project called KMR Productions. Khotso uses Free WiFi for engagements with his business partners, communicating with his followers and doing school work, which comes first. "If, as the youth, we come together as one and use our opportunities well, we will succeed."
George accesses the Free WiFi at Sunnyside Primary School, where he downloads lecture notes to help him with his studies at the local college. George wants to get involved in volunteer opportunities that will help him give back. “I grew up in an orphanage and I want to help give back to those who are going through what I went through.”
Thabiso Mosima, affectionately referred to as ‘Captain Sosh’, is a content producer and WiFi TV’s videographer for Shoshanguve, where he was born and is still based. A Journalism graduate, Thabiso has his roots in print media; he has worked as a sub-editor for the local community newspaper ‘Sosh Times’ for the past 5 years.
Tshwane Free WiFi has changed Molebogeng’s life and saved him a lot of money. Molebogeng is unemployed and he is looking for a job. The Tobetsa portal makes it easy for him to do so because he can browse through and look for opportunities. Before Molebogeng found Free WiFi he was spending R100 every week at internet cafes.
CJ Dirane graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology with a national diploma in Journalism. No longer just an intern with WiFi TV, he is now an editor and is thrilled to be employed by a Tshwane concerned production company which imparts relevant information and resonant content.
Moabi Masetshedi is the founder of an app solutions company that has built an app for the health industry. His product helps patients interact with their local public health facilities. Moabi is ahead of his time as an entrepreneur, but building a vital product that will serve a great need in the Tshwane community.
Busisiwe Khanyile interned with WiFi TV while studying until she graduated from AFDA with a BA Motion Picture honours. She has worked as a production assistant, researcher and TV host. Now based at WiFi TV fulltime, she is honoured to produce local content for the community she grew up in.
Kagiso Mashilo is the CEO of the Youth Development and Green Economic Forum who is trying to enable sustainability and improved education in his community. Kagiso uses Tshwane Free WiFi to view his emails and send proposals that will bring in funding to help him continue his work.
Mponeng Plaakie is an editor at WiFi TV. Her industry skillset is vast, spanning digitising, ingesting, logging, research, production coordination, insert directing, online and offline editing, and subtitling. WiFi TV offers her the opportunity to be a pioneer in television broadcast.
Piet Mabena works for the Siyabadinga Elderly and Disabled Project which offers a day-care feeding scheme programme and training programmes. Mr Mabena uses Tshwane Free WiFi for sending emails, searching for funding and marketing his cause on social media.
Kutlwano is a grade 8 learner who uses Free WiFi to download books and do research online. These resources and information help him complete his school assignments and projects. He prefers to use Tshwane Free WiFi simply because it is cheaper, available at his school and he can connect anytime.
Siya Makwabe has been a content producer, a script supervisor, the head of research and a producer for various television productions with most responsibilities gravitating towards sound content development and execution. She has managed production schedules and budgets.
Jabulile Nkosi and JB Masombuka are from the Tshwane Multisectoral AIDS Management Regional Offices in Ward 104. They use Tshwane Free WiFi to source empowering information which they use to educate the Ekangala communities about the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Lebogang Rahube is WiFi TV’s Pretoria North based videographer, working to represent the community of Ga-Rankuwa, where she was born and bred. Lebogang has a BA degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has also worked as an assistant editor.
Thandisizwe is the founder of Ubuhle Africa. He uses the Free WiFi at the Tshwane City Hall to check his emails and perform administrative activities related to running his company. He is looking for volunteers that are interested in cultural entertainment to help him with his everyday business activities.
Blessed is an IT student at the University of South Africa who uses the Free WiFi for downloading lectures notes, music and videos. He says the Free WiFi is easily accessible. “In the next 5 years Tshwane will be a great city to live in because technology will be more advanced and improved.”
Lucky Mphuthi is a self-taught graphic, motion and animation designer as well as the brand and website developer at WiFi TV. The work he does elevates his creativity and has taught him an adherence to responsibilities and deadlines.
Emanuel Munano graduated with an Economics degree. Before joining WiFi TV, he started the Pretoria Street Photography community of photographers documenting human-spaces in the city. Emanuel is now a Pretoria based videographer for WiFi TV and has been afforded the opportunity to listen to the voices of Tshwane and explore different parts of the city.
Tebogo Moifo is 22-year-old student and aspiring lawyer who uses the Tshwane Free WiFi to download old cases that he can study and use for additional knowledge. He finds the Free WiFi useful because he can save data and transport costs.
Kabelo Manaka graduated from AFDA with a BA degree majoring in Production in 2011. As a WiFi TV content creator and videographer, he is appreciative of the opportunity to inform, interact with and educate his community, mostly in Mamelodi.
Thabiso Moyakhe took photos for most of his high school life and then ventured into videography. He subsequently studied film and photography and after graduating joined the WiFi TV team as a photographer and videographer.
Ntombifuthi Khumalo is the founder of Siyayiqoba, an organisation working with the Ekangala community to fight substance abuse. The Free Internet Zones support the organisation’s volunteers working in the field as they encourage more youth to join their programmes.
Chippa and Thabang start each day browsing the internet using Free WiFi to look for jobs, download the latest updates and check up on what’s going on in the world around them.
Yolisa Qwabaza is a content producer for WiFi TV. Over the years he has progressively increased his industry geared skillset, adding camera operation, directing and video editing to his list of ‘can dos’.
Jerry Matabula is the owner of New Deal JR Salon. Jerry promotes his business by encouraging customers to have their hair cut while making use of the Free WiFi. This is a useful opportunity to grow his business.
Lerato Lehoko is currently completing his BA degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and is employed at WiFi TV as an editor and a co-host of ‘Young Voices’.
Chantal Morifi is currently studying a diploma in Media Studies at Boston Media Campus. As a content producer, she is generating and creating youth focussed Tshwane content for WiFi TV.
Junior Mekgwe owns and runs a civil engineering company. Empowered by the Free WiFi which he uses at the Tshwane Innovation Hub, he has been able to do research and use technology to come up with new designs for the pipes they use. Being connected in the field helps Junior always have the information he needs at his fingertips.