DO WE HAVE THE WILL TO ACT TO REVERSE GROWING DIGITAL INEQUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA?

DO WE HAVE THE WILL TO ACT TO REVERSE GROWING DIGITAL INEQUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Emma Kaye, Executive Director of Cape Digital Foundation says, “Yes we do have the will, and now CDF are in need of funding to pave the way. I invite you to consider joining the Foundation in co-creating Smart Townships in South Africa by becoming a CDF funding partner. I’d like to take you on a tour of our prototype Smart Township initiative in Imizamo Yethu to meet our team and partners on the ground.

CDF INVITES THE RESIDENTS OF IMIZAMO YETHU TO GET ONLINE AND ‘GET INSPIRED’

CDF INVITES THE RESIDENTS OF IMIZAMO YETHU TO GET ONLINE AND ‘GET INSPIRED’

Hyper-local content is essential to digital uptake and Smart Township building. Cape Digital Foundation believes that South Africa’s burgeoning townships are our Smart Cities of the future. This belief has shaped the Foundation’s mission to mobilise the provision of reliable, affordable digital infrastructure, along with the digital skills and know-how that will enable township citizens to become Smart Citizens living in Smart Townships – starting in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

THE LEAN CANVAS – PROVIDING SMART TOWNSHIPS PROOF OF CONCEPT ON THE SMELL OF AN OILRAG

THE LEAN CANVAS – PROVIDING SMART TOWNSHIPS PROOF OF CONCEPT ON THE SMELL OF AN OILRAG

There is a digital divide in South Africa – a technology gap that exists between advantaged and disadvantaged people-groups. This is exacerbated by social factors such as age, gender and family structure – and where a person lives or if they are employed. In light of The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), access to a digital device and affordable Internet connectivity, as well as the ability to effectively use digital technology, are becoming ever more important tools to enable all South Africans to participate fully in growing the country’s economy – not to mention being active in society.

FACILITATING THE BUILDING OF SMART TOWNSHIPS – 2018 IN REVIEW

FACILITATING THE BUILDING OF SMART TOWNSHIPS – 2018 IN REVIEW

It’s been an eventful year for Cape Digital Foundation and an incredibly rewarding one. We have put heart and soul into ensuring that the Foundation is restored to life, and are proud to say that with lots of hard work under our belts – and exciting developments across the year – like the proverbial phoenix, CDF has risen from the ashes.

BEYOND PROOF OF CONCEPT – CDF IS READY TO SCALE UP SMART TOWNSHIP INITIATIVES BUT WE NEED FUNDING TO DO SO

BEYOND PROOF OF CONCEPT – CDF IS READY TO SCALE UP SMART TOWNSHIP INITIATIVES BUT WE NEED FUNDING TO DO SO

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the data is in. CDF’s Smart Township initiative and proof of concept in Imizamo Yethu, or IY, is showing successful results. CDF has partnered with several extra-ordinary organisations and individuals who have been generous with their expertise and resources in seeing our Smart Township proof of concept see the light of day and flourish. But we need funding in order to scale and then replicate the success we are seeing in Imizamo Yethu.

THE DATA IS IN… AFFORDABLE WIFI IS GROWING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY WITHIN IMIZAMO YETHU

THE DATA IS IN… AFFORDABLE WIFI IS GROWING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY WITHIN IMIZAMO YETHU

Cape Digital Foundation’s current initiative, and Smart Township Proof of Concept, underway in Imizamo Yethu (IY) with partners, TooMuchWifi, bears testament to the fact that new township businesses develop and proliferate through the uptake and use of digital technology. More than this, the opportunity for creating a circular economy within this township is being greatly enhanced. Income made in the township is being spent in the township.