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.

Wifi connectivity is very important in Early Childhood Development centres

Wifi connectivity is very important in Early Childhood Development centres

Smart Townships are built from the ground up in more ways than one. In the first instance, in order to be created and progress from strength to strength, Smart Townships are built by the people, for the people. In this way they meet people’s needs. In the second instance, down the line, the Smart Townships of tomorrow will be sustained and improved upon by the Smart Kids of today. Today’s Smart Kids are tomorrow’s Smart Citizens and Leaders. Are we paying enough attention to ensuring all South African children are Smart?