It is with deep regret that we have to bid you farewell, but before we do we would like to take a retrospective look, with great appreciation for our supporters and our extraordinary partners who have helped us achieve the successes of the past 2 years.
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.
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.
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.
With more and more migration into our townships from rural areas and neighbouring countries it is our townships that are our fastest growing urban areas. Smart Townships are key to keeping in step with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is why CDF believes that it is essential for attention to be paid to South Africa’s townships evolving to become Smart Townships.
2019: A brief overview of exciting plans and developments in the year to come – CDF is poised to scale Smart Township initiatives in Imizamo Yethu, as well as to replicate these initiatives within other townships in the Western Cape. Here is a sneak preview of what we have planned.
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.
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.
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.
CDF believes that South Africa’s Smart Townships of tomorrow will be led into the future by the Smart Kids of today. Today’s Smart Kids are tomorrow’s Smart Citizens and Leaders. What does it mean to be a Smart Kid? Smart Kids are digitally savvy. There is much groundwork yet to be done…