INITIATE | CO-ORDINATE | DRIVE
The Cape Digital Foundation is passionate about initiating and driving a movement of smart city thinkers living in smart townships and reaping the benefits of financial inclusion through digital inclusion.
As our cities grow into being African megacities they serve as our nation’s essential economic hub. These megacities encompass densely populated townships and informal settlements which ought to be seen as megacities in their own right. If the citizens of our townships are to become smart citizens, benefitting from contributing to a modern digital economy and enjoying a better standard of living, it is essential that they have access to technology and are enabled to put their digital skills to good use in the job market or in choosing to be dynamic entrepreneurs and business owners.
The Cape Digital Foundation’s purpose is to connect the unconnected, to inspire digital infrastructure investing and facilitate initiatives that stimulate the uptake and use of technology, leading to a wholesale growth in digital skills for the betterment of our citizens.
Our mission is to provide the means for citizens to become smart citizens by helping to initiate and facilitate ground-up initiatives designed around providing affordable access and providing relevant local content that stimulates everyday use of technology and the Internet.
Our focus is on local townships and communities that do not currently have widespread, affordable access to technology and the Internet. We believe that townships are the smart megacities of the future.
Financial inclusion through digital inclusion = More jobs | Self-employment |
Innovation | Quality of life | Enhanced skills | Access to information |
Knowledge | Learning | Education | Collaboration |
Productivity | Health
WHO WE ARE
The Cape Digital Foundation is a not-for-profit agency with an overriding passion to make an impact in seeing South Africans’ lives improved as people are enabled to take up and use technology and digital tools, to make their lives easier and more productive.
The Foundation is mandated to initiate and coordinate initiatives that promote the financial inclusion of all people through the uptake of citizen-lead technology. By enabling active citizens who have a voice, future technology and innovations can be shaped around bringing a solution to real-world problems rather than technology prescribing a presumptuous solution from the top down.
We believe that valuable innovation will be born of the Internet-enabled informal sector. It gives people agency and purpose, and has the capacity to build our nation and create unity.
The Cape Digital Foundation stands for bold action and positive, sustainable impact. Our work is to engage with, and pave the way for, people and organisations who want to be a part of the action, to collaborate and invest in bringing South African citizens up to speed to meet the requirements of a thriving digital economy.
We believe that the rewards to be had are varied and priceless:
People empowered to live up to their full potential
A workforce equipped to participate in a modern, digital economy
Business and society joining with government to enable citizens
Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor
Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road
Woodstock, Cape Town
GPS co–ordinates: -33.9268913,18.4436671
+27 (0)21 409 7000
Emma Kaye – Ext 1038
Kariemah George – Ext 1037