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Thursday, 31 January, 2019
Quote of the week
"“Our data has shown that in South Africa, offering an app that runs offline gets much more sustained use than a mobi site. It’s not just about the cost; half the time you don’t have good signal, so it can be a very frustrating experience to try and access a service that needs to be online the whole time. If you go into rural areas, connectivity is even more problematic.” "
- Andrew Rudge - CEO of The Reach Trust
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SOCIAL INNOVATORS & E-PLATFORMS, SA CONNECT LIMPOPO
"The aim for connecting WiFi at the school is to assist learners in their studies. The school will receive free WiFi connectivity for the next 10 years,"
The Department of Communications (DOC) and state entity Broadband Infraco are working together to rollout broadband services in Limpopo's Vhembe district.
According to the DOC, the broadband project forms part of SA Connect and its vision to build capable skills for the impending fourth industrial revolution.
Led by Pinky Kekana, DOC deputy minister, the broadband project in Limpopo will connect four public facilities, provide ICT equipment to three schools, as well as introduce a cyber-security outreach programme in that area, according to the department.
The learning institutions that will benefit are Eric Louw High School, Bonwa Udi Primary School and Louis Trichardt Secondary School.
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In South Africa, where data remains expensive, NGOs have long strived to make their platforms cheaply accessible by finding ways to circumvent the high cost of data. For instance, Andy du Plessis, managing director of FoodForward SA, an NGO that secures quality surplus food for those in need, says: “We were acutely aware of high data costs when we developed our [FoodShare] solution that uses virtual technology to connect retail stores and food outlets with public benefit organisations that redistribute surplus food.
Firstly, we ensured that the platform costs the user nothing; secondly, that the costs were reverse billed to us; and thirdly, that we got preferential rates from the USSD provider.”
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