About Us

 

 

 

“Building a sustainable South Africa requires us to be connected, so we can all take part in the digital economy.

Low-income communities are already excluded when you look at education, economic development and social inclusion, and in the 21st century, if you are not digitally included, your exclusion is just made worse.

We now function in the day and age where access to primary, secondary and tertiary education, applying for jobs and running your business requires you to have access to the internet.”

 

How Free WiFi access can assist in reaching South Africa's National Development Plan

 

  1. Increase employment
  2. Raise income per capital
  3. Increase national income from the bottom up by 40%
  4. Increase the quality of education
  5. Provide affordable access to quality healthcare
  6. Make broadband internet universally available
  7. Broaden social cohesion and unity
Using internet access as a catalyst for change

 

  • The World Bank estimates that for every 10% penetration of internet access, a country’s GDP grows by 1,38%.
  • The deployment of Free Internet Zones (FIZs) is a step in the right direction towards bridging the digital divide and building a sustainable future for South Africa.
  • We offer our users up to 500MB per day per device depending on the partnership with the sponsor; and we have also developed a content portal called Tobetsa, which is designed to give users access to uncapped, curated content which focusses on education, skills development and employment.

Members of the Board

 

Dudu Mkhwanazi

Dudu Mkhwanazi is the Chief Executive Officer of Project Isizwe and a digital inclusion advocate.

Project Isizwe is a non-profit organization that advocates for -and enables the deployment of free WiFi hotspots within a walking distance in low-income communities.

Project Isizwe partners with the private and/or public sectors and pioneered the deployment of the largest free public WiFi network in Africa in the Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa.

Under Dudu’s leadership, Project Isizwe pioneered connecting two mining communities to free Wi-Fi in partnership with Glencore Mine in Mpumalanga. Isizwe also partnered with AWARE.org to use internet access as an enabler for their Responsible Alcohol Usage Programme programme; and The Social Collective on their Free WiFi Champions Programme – both in Botshabelo (Free State) and Bushbuckridge (Nelspruit).

Dudu completed her Undergraduate Degree in Public Administration as well as her Honours Degree in Political Science at North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus.

She launched her professional career at the University as the Research and Support Assistant at the School of Humanities.

In 2013, Dudu embarked on her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Comparative Politics at the Université Montpellier in the south of France. Upon her return, she worked in the political environment, including serving as the Operations Manager to the Private Office of the MMC of Corporate and Shared Services in the City of Johannesburg Metro prior to joining Project Isizwe.

Tim Genders

Tim graduated from Oxford University in 1989 with a first-class honours degree in Engineering Science. He came to South Africa in 1994 and set up an IT consulting business with Matthew Blewett. In 2001 they merged with Benjamin and Isaac Mophatlane to become the leading Microsoft reseller Business Connexion.

In 2006 Tim left Business Connexion to start an NGO with Marcus McGlivary called Africaid. Africaid uses football to develop HIV prevention skills in young adolescents. Africaid is making a major impact at Edendale hospital in a unique partnership with the Department of Health and has sponsors in FIFA, Liverpool FC, and the Charlize Theron Foundation.

A year later in 2007, Tim formed Airband with Deon Brown and Gavin Blunt. Airband has grown to be one of the leading wireless players in KZN region.

In November 2015 Tim sold Airband to HeroTel linking up with Alan Knott-Craig Junior and Corne de Villiers. Airband has grown a further 50 percent during the past year whilst Tim stayed on as Managing Director.

In March 2017 Tim was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Project Isizwe and is now following his passion, advocating for Free WiFi for Africa.

Dr Sibs Moodley-Moore

After receiving her PhD at the University of Washington, Sibs has pursued a career in academia, holding posts at Okanagan College in Canada, Trinity College in the USA and at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

She served as Review Editor of Politikon: South African Journal of Politics, and was a Member of Council of the Africa Institute.

Sibs is the on-site director and Associate Professor of Global Studies for Trinity College Hartford, USA, at the University of Cape Town. She is currently also a non-executive Director of Prudential Portfolio Managers and Dew Crisp.

Sibs was an Executive Director at Allan Gray responsible for recruitment, Employment Equity and transformation, Corporate Social Investment and Mentorship. She was also a partner at Odgers Berndtson, an international Executive Search Consultancy based in Cape Town,

She earned her PhD at University of Washington, Seattle, her MA at Carleton University, Ottawa, and her BA Honors at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, with a 2-year stint at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Martin Kuscus

Martin was the MEC for Finance in the North West provincial government from 1994 until 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in health care services. In June 2004, Martin became CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards, a position he held until July 2009. He then started his own business ventures.

Martin was the Chairperson of the first Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Pension Fund, overseeing a portfolio worth R850 billion (the seventh biggest pension fund in the world) from June 2005 to July 2009.

From June 2006 – May 2009, he served on the PRI Board, the UN Global Compact Initiative on Responsible Investment where he gained international best practice experience on corporate governance and optimisation of the investment value chain.

He served as Chairperson of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund from 2007-2009; a $627million fund that invests in economic infrastructure on the African continent.

In September 2006, he was elected for a two year term on to the Council for International Standards Organization (ISO) based in Geneva, the highest authority in industrial standards development in the world.

In September 2004 he was appointed by the President for a five year term to the Finance and Fiscal Commission where he got vast learning experiences on public policy analysis and intergovernmental fiscal relations. From 2009 he was the Vice President of the Afrikaanse Handels Instituut and became its President in 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why Isizwe?

‘Isizwe’ is Xhosa for nation, tribe, and people. By connecting the people of South Africa to one another and to the internet, we empower the continent to work together towards a brighter future.
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Why are we doing this?

In today’s connected world, access to the internet should be considered an essential service, like water or electricity and just like water and electricity, it should be available to everyone, regardless of circumstance. South Africa is lagging behind the world in...
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What is the product?

Free WiFi access with no passwords or logins. Connect, click and surf in open public spaces around schools, universities, libraries, sports clubs, community centres and parks.
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What does Project Isizwe NOT do?

We do not do fibre. We do WiFi. We do not cover wealthy suburbs. We do low-income communities. We do not do 3G. We do WiFi. We do not make a profit. Any surpluses are invested back in the network to make it faster. We do not do paid-for WiFi. Low-income communities...
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Why use WiFi?

Due to the proliferation of WiFi-compatible devices throughout South Africa, WiFi has become the most commonplace form of connectivity after 3G. Coupled with the prohibitive costs of 3G in rural areas, WiFi is the most appropriate access medium for rolling out...
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What is a FIZ?

A Free WiFi network node at a public access point is known as a Free Internet Zone (FIZ), where any user can get free and immediate access without passwords or logins. The user can access the network within ±100m from the physical Access Point, which and can handle...
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What is the user service?

The user service is governed by a fair usage policy for internet access, limited to a data cap of 500MB per device per day at an average speed of 15Mbps download and 1Mbps upload. On-net content, which does not require breakout to the internet, is provided with...
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How do we do work?

Project Isizwe has partnered with telecommunications company HeroTel to provide the hardware, installation, support and maintenance for all FIZ sites at costs that would not be possible in a regular commercial agreement.
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How do communities benefit?

The benefits to the local communities are numerous, including access to information, informal learning to support existing education systems and employment. Aside from the widely publicised socio-economic benefits of access to the internet, the on-net content provided...
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How do I get involved?

Regardless of whether you are an ordinary citizen or you represent a company or government department, you can play a part in connecting South Africa. Here are some ways you can get...
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