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Free Wi-Fi in Witsand

Three months after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Think Wi-Fi and GreenCape to deliver Wi-Fi-enabled solar street lights in Witsand, Atlantis, the first Wi-Fi hotspots have been installed.

“In collaboration with GreenCape’s Alternative Service Delivery Unit, we’ve been working hard at providing Wi-Fi to residents of the Witsand area,” said Marnus Kruger, Think Wi-Fi CEO.

“We have deployed 10 access points throughout the Witsand community that have gone live. Currently, we are providing access to more than 2 000 people per day.” The company’s innovative business models allow for both infrastructure and connectivity to be funded without the end-user paying a cent.

Kruger says Think Wi-Fi is active in 161 locations across the City, and its mission is to empower people, work with local communities to find employment solutions and with organisations to bring digital skills education to each community.

He said through a co-design process with GreenCape’s Alternative Service Delivery Unit (ASDU) and the Witsand leadership the concept of adding solar light to Wi-Fi connection points was discussed. Think Wi-Fi had already started the process of embracing this innovation in its service offering, which will be deployed when lockdown regulations allow.

“This is resilient urbanism, which embraces the everyday urban reality, and which explores means of improving what already exists in an incremental way, and creates the space for true innovation and resilience,” said Jack Radmore, Energy Programme Manager at Green Cape.

From this process, the Witsand community prioritised area lighting and connectivity as its most pressing energy-related needs.

“It was a great delight for me to visit the site of the first installed Wi-Fi hotspots in Witsand, after witnessing the MOU signing a few months ago,” said Alderman James Vos, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management. “The promotion of innovation and partnership focused on improved conditions, service delivery and well-being is turning the current lack of infrastructure in these areas into an opportunity for empowerment.”

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