Identified townships in Gauteng will receive free internet, this was announced by MEC Ms. Nomantu Nkomo–Ralehoko during her delivery of the Department of e-Government (e-Gov) Budget Vote.
e-Gov was established in 2015 as the first department of its kind to modernise public services. To date the department has rolled out broadband connectivity around Gauteng which connects government buildings, hospitals, schools and Thusong centres.
MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko who was recently locked in meetings with the MEC for Economic Development, Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa partnered with Vumatel to roll out broadband connectivity to connect Nine Hundred Thousand households in Ekurhuleni and Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand in Soweto.
MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko said internet remained the most critical component of digital transformation, it played an important role in empowering citizens with knowledge so they contributed positively in their own communities.
“Knowledge is the key to opening many doors of opportunity and internet provides it. Most of our people are unemployed and don’t know where their next meal will come from. We need to change this by equipping them with information that can help them change their lives. Internet gives you access to the whole world at your fingertips. It connects and gives you access to many knowledge systems that one can use to start a business, take advantage of social entrepreneurship and many more.”
This initiative is part of Gauteng’s vision of creating the province into a technological hub with investing in ‘wall to wall’ broadband coverage focused in deprived areas announced by the Premier of Gauteng, Mr David Makhura during this State of the Province address.
Nkomo-Ralehoko said there were in further discussions with Vumatel to extend the offer to other regions.