We are permanently closed.

You may have heard but it is with great sadness that the Foundation is closing down for now. We remain convinced that Smart Townships are the foundational building blocks in creating an all-inclusive digital society in Africa. So we hope that this movement of Smart Townships continues.


The Cape Digital Foundation believes that townships are South Africa’s Smart Cities of the future. This informs our mission to facilitate on-the-ground projects that enable township citizens to become Smart Citizens – born of access to reliable and affordable data, digital skills and everyday use of the Internet.

As our cities grow into being African megacities, they will increasingly serve as our nation’s vital economic hub. Helping to build Smart, digitally savvy business communities by providing digital training to township SME owners, results in Smart Citizens who are able to use their newfound digital skills to better administer and grow their businesses. In this way Smart Township entrepreneurs are enabled to contribute to building township economies – particularly through being able to both create income and spend it within the township, boosting the township economy.



We believe that it will take Smart Citizens to lead Smart Townships of the future. 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 in South African’s daily lives – for the betterment of our citizens.


Our Mission - Cape Digital Foundation


Our mission is to provide the means for citizens to become Smart. This is made possible through partnerships that provide access to reliable, affordable Internet and digital skills training where daily use of the Internet is supported by relevant, hyper-local content – created by the people for the people.


Our Purpose - Cape Digital Foundation


Our focus is on children, unemployed youth and small business owners living in local townships and informal settlements who do not currently have easy access to reliable, affordable connectivity or digital know-how.


Benefits of The Cape Digital Foundation

Financial inclusion through digital inclusion = More jobs | Self-employment |
Innovation | Quality of life | Enhanced skills | Access to information |
Knowledge | Learning | Education | Collaboration |
Productivity | Health


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 and social 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 as well as promoting a valuable township economy


Business and society joining with government to enable citizens to access educational, business and social information on an affordable internet network


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Our Address - Cape Digital Foundation

Bandwidth Barn, 3rd Floor
Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road
Woodstock, Cape Town
GPS co–ordinates: -33.9268913,18.4436671

Registration Number: 2015/106386/08 (NPO)
NPO Number: 165-430
PBO Reference no: 930051409
Section 18A