- Google has brought free Wi-Fi to some of the most underserved areas in the Western Cape
- The initiative hopes to transform the lives of the communities with an eye towards empowerment
- Briefly.co.za explains how the endeavour intends to change lives through internet access
Google South Africa recently held its first local event in Johannesburg where it announced how it intends to change lives in the Cape Flats.
IOL reports that the Google Station was launched in the Western Cape, providing fast and free Wi-Fi to the area.
The partnership with ThinkWiFi is hoping to give the impoverished regions a glimmer of hope. Nitin Gajria, Google Africa director, commented that:
“By gaining access to information via the internet, we hope that people in these communities will get a more equal opportunity to learn and develop and live more empowered lives."
With high unemployment and crime rates, the areas including Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Delft, Elsies River, Philippi and more now boast over 100 wifi locations.
Think WiFi CEO Janine Rebelo says that the company is committed to giving people access to online resources and opportunities:
“Through our partnership, Think WiFi and Google will provide unlimited Wi-Fi access to communities in townships, public areas, universities, transportation hubs and shopping malls, laying the foundations for broad-based, inclusive participation in the benefits industry 4.0 brings."
Google has also invested R14.7 million to economically empower girls and woman in the country.
Google's head of marketing for South Africa, Asha Patel, commented on the compan'ss endeavour:
“One of the key focus areas of our programmes has been the empowerment of women and minority groups, and I’m happy to say that 48% of the people we have trained in South Africa are women.”
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