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."

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.

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.

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.

NGO Hands Over a Health Facility

World Vision Malawi handed over a community health facility worth K12.5 million in Msambanyali, Malawi.

As citizens commemorated Child Health Week, the facility serves as a response to an outcry from members of the community who experienced challenges due to lack of health facilities in the area, in which the nearest health facility is at a distance of over 10 kilometres.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, World Vision project manager for Njema area, Caroline Kajawo, stated that the organisation aims to improve the welfare of children across the country.

SA, Mexico, Push for Locally-Made Vaccines

The 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Switzerland has heard that Mexico and South Africa want to start producing their own vaccines to boost their immunisation programmes.

The countries need the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international agencies to help expand their local manufacturing capacity, a move they hope will lower the cost of vaccines and make their supply more reliable.

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, states that, "We want the WHO and other international agencies to empower us to produce our vaccines."

New District Hospital Opens in Soweto

Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has officially opened the R730-million, 300-bed Zola-Jabulani District Hospital in Soweto saying the new facility would help to ease the load on Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The new hospital will provide accident and emergency services, maternity and post-natal care, among other.

Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi noted that Chris Hani Baragwanath has 2 888 beds, far above the World Health Organisation's recommendation, adding that a hospital with over 1 200 beds is difficult to manage.

Call to Exempt Hospitals From Pre-Paid Meters

Minister of Copperbelt - copper mining area of Central Africa which runs in Zambia - Mwenya Musenge, has appealed to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to consider exempting health institutions from its prepaid meters installation project.

Musenge believes that in as much as ZESCO is supplying power to the public, it needs to revisit the issue of pre-paid meters in health institutions.

He further states that government is committed to ensuring that the majority of the population gained access to electricity and energy country wide.

SA Has A 'Right' to Cheap Data

According to Duncan Alfreds, data cost remains a barrier to many South Africans accessing the Internet and reducing that cost should be the priority, an industry insider insists.

In his article titled ‘SA has a 'right' to cheap data’, Alfreds echoes Kevin Hurwitza, chief executive officer’s view that, "Access to cost-effective data should be a basic right to consumers, not a luxury."


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