It is anticipated that 66 percent of the world’s population will live in metropolitan areas by 2050, making it critical for regional governments and stakeholders across the globe to put key strategies in place to effectively meet the needs of their burgeoning populations.
The Cape Digital Foundation believes that access to the Internet is no longer a luxury. It brings life-changing opportunities and should be considered one of the most essential public utilities along with water and electricity. Yet there is still much work to be done in terms of providing connectivity and facilitating partnerships on the ground in order to see all citizens in the Western Cape equipped with easy access to affordable Internet – particularly for people who come from communities that are currently mostly “offline”. Here are three inspiring stories of local entrepreneurs, all from Khayelitsha, which is currently largely underserviced by Internet connectivity – all who have leaped many hurdles and who embrace being entrepreneurs in a digital world.