Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation which aims to bring Free WiFi to low-income areas across South Africa, was counted amongst the big winners at the 8th Annual Africacom Awards, held yesterday at the Cape Town ICC.
Project Isizwe won in two categories: “The Best Connectivity Solution for Africa” for the Tshwane Free WiFi Project and “Best App for Africa” for the Tshwane WiFi Voice Mobile App.
Launched in 2013, Tshwane Free WiFi, currently has over 700 live sites and 1 Million Unique Users connected at speeds averaging 15mbps. The people of the City are able to enjoy 500MB per device per day and unlimited access to educational, employment-focused, entrepreneurship and entertainment content.
The Tshwane Free WiFi service will be expanding to ensure that WiFi is within walking distance of every citizen by 2017, as communicated in the State of the Capital address earlier this year. The model can be replicated throughout Africa based on the proven success of Tshwane Free WiFi to use connectivity as a catalyst for positive change.
In the Best App for Africa category, Project Isizwe, developed Tshwane WiFi Voice, a application allowing free calls between users on the network as well as free calls to the City of Tshwane Customer Care call centre. Users can simply register their mobile details on wififvoice.projectisizwe.org and download the app using a andoid, ios or windows smart phone, tablet or laptop.
“This is indeed a great achievement for the team” said, Zahir Khan, COO of Project Isizwe, who is taking over from Alan Knott-Craig Jr as CEO from January 2016. “Project Isizwe is committed to bridging the digital divide through Free WiFi and winning the “Best Connectivity Solution for Africa’ shows that the continent is ready for a connected Africa. Following through with the ‘Best App for Africa’ is just one way that the Free WiFi model starts to effect change for the benefit of our African people. A digital nation and continent will ensure Africa’s position as the continent with the most opportunity.”