• Vodacom to Connect 250 000 Homes

    Vodacom plans to connect 250 000 homes and businesses to fibre broadband over the next three years.

    The company announced that it has signed on Alcatel-Lucent to build a ‘gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) solution’ in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

    Vodacom says the mobile network says it plans to reach about 150 000 homes and 100 000 business within the next three years.

    To read the article titled, “Vodacom plans connecting 150 000 homes to fibre,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • MISA Launches Youth Usage of Social Media Study

    Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) has partnered with the Swaziland Youth Empowerment Organisation (LUVATSI) to launch its study on youth usage of social media, which focuses on the benefits and disadvantages of the use of social media by young people.

    According to Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, national director for MISA Swaziland, social media is an important source of information for young people that gives them greater freedom to express themselves.

    The report states that, “Unlike the mainstream media, social media gives young people the opportunity to speak in their voices. There is greater benefit for allowing young people access to affordable services that can enable them to share ideas faster and simpler.”

    To read the article titled, “MISA Swaziland launches study on youth usage of social media,” click here.

    Media Institute of Southern Africa
  • Mokonyane Urges Rand Water to Communicate Better

    Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane's office urges Rand Water to work closer and to communicate better with communities regarding water supply interruptions and other challenges.

    Speaking at a meeting with the board, Mokonyane reminds the board that “[as a member]… you have a responsibility towards the communities you serve."

    The board had to close the gap between their commitment to communities and what was eventually delivered, it also had to look at their current way of doing things, and how it could possibly be changed for positive results.

    To read the article titled, “Mokonyane: Rand Water must communicate better,” click here.

    News 24
  • Universal Internet With Free Wi-Fi for WC

    The Western Cape provincial government intends to offer universal access to the internet to all its residents as it drives public access Wi-Fi.
    MEC for Economic Opportunities in the Western Cape, Alan Winde, points out that, "By 2030 all households in high, medium and low priority wards should have access to the internet by means of various technologies such as public WiFi access, and/or mobile network connectivity."
    The province has already begun launching public access Wi-Fi hotspots in the province, beginning in George and in Atlantis, however, users will be capped.
    To read the article titled, “Western Cape eyes universal Internet with free Wi-Fi,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • Zimbabwe's Health System in Crisis

    Economists, government officials and health experts agree that Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people access to healthcare.

    The economy showed signs of modest improvement under the government of national unity (GNU) between 2009 and 2013, however industry has been performing poorly and company closures have increased since the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) won the general elections in July 2013.

    John Robertson, an independent economist based in Harare, expresses that, “It is not surprising that people’s right to health has been compromised by the state of the economy” and that, “Health services are suffering a funding deficit because of the current economic crisis, which has worsened in the post-GNU period.”

    To read an article titled, “Zimbabwe's health system in crisis,” click here.

    IRIN News
  • Facebook Offers Free Internet Access

    Facebook is launching a mobile application to give users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, to broaden an effort of boosting Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.
    In partnership with wireless operator Airtel, the application will offer more than a dozen services including online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.
    Guy Rosen, product management director for Facebook's effort states that the application will be available in additional countries over the coming months and years.
    To read the article titled, “Facebook offers free internet in Zambia,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • Tshwane Expands Free Wi-Fi Service

    The City of Tshwane is racing ahead with its public Wi-Fi service with the launch of the second phase of the project which will see an increase to over 200 Internet hotspots.

    Alan Knott-Craig jnr, the brains behind Project Isizwe which is responsible for deploying the network, points out that: “Today we launched Phase 2 of Tshwane Free Wi-Fi, over 200 new sites with capacity for 5 000 users per site (total capacity of over one million users), and announced the start of Phase 3 deployment incorporating capacity for over two million users."

    Executive mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, states that, "Tshwane has made history by becoming the first metro to roll out free Wi-Fi and indeed our announcement of the provision of this service was made before the City of New York's announcement - this is indeed a ground-breaking achievement for an African city."

    To read the article titled, “Tshwane connects millions with free Wi-Fi,” click here.

    Fin 24
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots for the Disadvantaged

    The technological advancement in South Africa in terms of the digital device has made Telkom payphones review their public phones and introduce the Wi-Fi hot spots at a radius of 10 metres.

    In 1994, only 15 percent of South Africans had access to telephony, thus payphones were of more help to the citizens.

    The major reason for this project to be launched is to help citizens that are disadvantaged in terms of internet access.

    To read the article titled, “Telkom's Wi-Fi hotspots to benefit disadvantaged citizens,” click here.

    SABC News
  • Free Wi-Fi for Johannesburg

    The City of Johannesburg has embarked on a collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3 000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1 000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

    Currently in the Big Apple, Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm, Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

    Tau described the deal as one which will enable funding for digital champions that will fan out across to Johannesburg and create opportunities for communities to access web based technologies.

    To read the article titled, “City of Joburg on a training drive to roll out free Wi-fi,” click here.

    SABC News
  • MWEB Launches Free ‘Wi-Fi in Durban

    Durbanites will now have access to free Wi-Fi in Florida Road as MWEB rolls out the first of its Wi-Fi activated high streets.

    The internet service provider announced that it has launched a Wi-Fi hotspot in the famous street in the city to provide customers with high-speed data access to the Internet.

    However, unlike traditional hotspots, the MWEB installation keeps users connected throughout the length of the street.

    To read the article titled, “MWEB launches Durban Wi-Fi,” click here.

    Fin 24
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