Free Wi-fi for the people
Our internet tariffs are sky-high, and only the privileged can afford basic access. Imagine the possibilities for education and development if more South Africans had access.
A local project called Isiswe intends to change all that. Partnering with municipalities and broadband providers, they’ve installed infrastructure to provide 250MB of free Wi-Fi a day to low-income communities, employing locals for any work required. By getting bandwidth at discounted rates, the price of a gigabyte is driven down to less than R1.
This means the government can afford to subsidise free Wi-Fi for the people. Project Isiswe has already launched in Tshwane, with more hubs on the way. Apparently Mitchells Plain is next.