7 July 2016

South Africa: Tshwane to Double Its Free Wi-Fi Zones

There are 752 zones across Tshwane where residents can access the city's award winning free internet service. The initiative, which recently won a World Wi- Fi Day Award for Most Innovative City or Government Programme to bridge the Digital Divide, will be increased by a further 700 city sites.

World Wi-Fi Day is celebrated on 20 June and it supports projects and initiatives that brings broadband connectivity to the under-privileged in both developed and developing countries, reads its website.

Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the city mayor, was proud and excited about the award. He said that the programme will continue "to be a shining example of what it means to employ the use of technology to lead the way towards a South Africa that is democratic, inclusive, united and prosperous - ours will be the global Cyber Capital."

Tshwane free Wi-Fi known as Tshwi-Fi is a collaborative initiative between the city and non-profit Project Isizwe. The non-profit was also shortlisted for its project in rural Limpopo which was recognised in the Best Wi-Fi Deployment to Connect the Unconnected in Rural Environment category. While it lost out to Liquid Telecom for their Free Wi-Fi project in Nakuru County, Kenya, it has still brought thousands of rural households online.

The Tshwi-Fi programme

The Tshwi-Fi's site and social media accounts give users information on what it offers. Here is an example of what the public can expect:

You can also stream movies for free. #CapitalCity #FreeWifi pic.twitter.com/pYU6VXF1cX

— #FreeTshWi-fi (@Freetshwifi) July 1, 2016

SouthAfrica.info reporter

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