Free wi-fi hot spots for city

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FREE wi-fi hot spots in var­i­ous parts of the city could be on the cards for Kim­ber­ley.

The Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion re­cently from a res­i­dent in Gem­dene to lease var­i­ous premises to es­tab­lish free pub­lic wi-fi hot spots.

“Th­ese hot spots will help com­bat the high unem­ploy­ment rate, en­cour­age busi­nesses, in­crease tourism, boost e-com­merce and nar­row the dig­i­tal gap.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, the com­pany in­volved, Green­leaf Con­nect, will be re­spon­si­ble for the es­tab­lish­ment and main­te­nance of the hot spots.

The ap­pli­cant has ap­plied to lease the high rise poles, rooftops, and/or in­fra­struc­ture on the fol­low­ing mu­nic­i­pal prop­er­ties: Queens Park, City Hall, Kut­wanong Park (Club 2000), Rood­e­pan Pub­lic Swim­ming Pool, Galeshewe Taxi Rank (CBD), May­ibuye Up­ris­ing Me­mo­rial, Verge­noeg Taxi Rank, Kim­ber­ley In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and Hu­lana Park.

The ICT De­part­ment of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity has in­di­cated that it has no ob­jec­tions to the re­quest on the con­di­tion that it not in­ter­fere with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s wire­less net­work.

A val­u­a­tion of R2 125 per month for tower masts and R1 700 a month for high rise poles has been de­ter­mined by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

The ap­pli­cant will also need to ob­tain an ap­proval let­ter from the SA Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity prior to any de­vel­op­ment tak­ing place.

The mat­ter will be dis­cussed at the next Spelum meet­ing of the Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

– Patsy Beangstrom

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