Our flagship project
In 2013, Project Isizwe as a non-profit organization pioneered the blueprint of how free public WiFi can be deployed in a way that is sustainable.
The project was approved by the City of Tshwane’s Council under the Municipal FinanceManagement Act (MFMA) and funded under a grant due to the organisation’s non-for-profit status.
This was also the first time such an initiative was to be rolled out on the African continent.
In 2013, five free public-access WiFi hotspots were rolled out as part of the TSHWI-FI initiative, which later expanded to 15, 250 and ultimately 1050 throughout the City by 2018.
Project Isizwe connected over 3 500 000 unique users in the Capital City since November 2013, logging over 276 Million sessions.
We also developed a content portal, called Tobetsa, which is designed to give users access to uncapped curated content.
This content is focused on education, skills development and employment, and gave local communities the power to access information, education and jobs online, empowering them to participate in the mainstream economy like never before.
During Isizwe’s partnership with the City of Tshwane, our initiative delivered 500 TB (1000GB = 1TB) of data a month.
To buy this amount of data as pre-paid data would cost about an average of R300 per 1 GB.
This implies that Project Isizwe’s flagship Free WiFi project with the City of Tshwane saved residents up to R150 million per month during the duration of the initiative.
The project concluded in June 2018.
Our current projects
We have partnered with Yes4Youth in connecting the first Entrepreneurship Hub in Tembisa to free WiFi and we also offer WiFi users of the Hub a content portal that allows the entrepreneurs to advertise their businesses and curate local content.
We have partnered with Acciona as part of the ECD investment and connected the communities of Mapoteng and Deben to free Wifi within a walking distance in the Northern Cape.
We have partnered with Glencore Mine to roll-out 10 hotspots in two mining towns in Witbank, namely Ogies and Phola, to establish free WiFi hotspots at the Makause Combined School, a library, a community sports field near the local police station, the Phola and Ogies taxi ranks and a youth centre.
We partnered with The Social Collective in Bushbuckridge and Botshabelo to launch the Free WiFi Champions Program which aims to leverage the power of young, motivated individuals to share, activate and educate WiFi users about this important service, creating micro-jobbing opportunities.
We have partnered with AWARE.org on their Responsible Alcohol Usage programme, enhancing access to their portal by providing 15 free WiFi hotspots in Botshabelo and 15 free WiFi hotspots in Bushbuckridge.
We have partnered with Amafreezone to enable the roll-out of 15 hotspots in Durban and KwaMashu; and we have partnered with Amafreezone to enable the roll-out of 10 hotspots in Edenvale, and 5 hotspots in Diepsloot, Alexandra and Sontonga Mall in
We have partnered with Digital Village to enable the roll-out of 130 hotspots in George.
We have partnered with Airband to provide free internet access to the Lamontville Good News Community Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.
Project Isizwe has offered consultation services to Fiam, one of Nigeria’s newest telecommunications companies, providing internet via Hot Spots to underserved communities. Fiam’s DNA is designed to maximise social impact alongside a financially sustainable model providing a trusted reliable, fast and affordable internet service and enabling broader social inclusion