Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Tech Bite: Free Wi-Fi project for Africa

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr is without any doubt emulating the success of his father, Alan Knott-Craig Snris the founding executive of Vodacom one of South Africa’s first licenced mobile operators.

After leaving his position in October of 2012 as chief executive of social media site Mxit Knott-Craig Jnr found himself in the same disturbing place as an unemployed youth of South Africa. The feeling felt by an unemployed youth helped Knott-Craig discover Project Isizwe which was born from the Stellenbosch free Wi-Fi project. 

Project Isizwe’s goal is to bring free internet to South Africa and the rest of the African continent and news of the organisation emerged at a media briefing held in his hometown, Pretoria. Should things turn out as expected and the project succeeds it will assist many of the continents youth  discover and realise their entrepreneurial spirit and who knows the next Silicon Valley might just pop out from the grey and rich Africa.

 Alan Knott-Craig
The metropolitan city of Pretoria will be the first city in Africa to roll out the Wi-Fi through Knott-Craig Jnr’s Isizwe Project with the aim to cater for citizen’s that cannot afford the luxury of internet. The success of the project will also see a new dawn emerge on the beautiful continent and will hopefully encourage young minds to also engage on a global scale and access information. 

The former head of Mxit and iBurst (Johannesburg based Broadband Company) like his father firmly believes in empowering African’s to ensure a better and competitive continent. 

Ashley Mokwena

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