CDF has set up a donations page on Payfast Causes through which the Foundation can accept donations from local and international individuals and organisations.
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?
The Cape Digital Foundation’s purpose is to connect the unconnected – with a focus on local townships and informal settlements that do not currently have affordable access to the Internet. CDF believes that townships are South Africa’s Smart Cities of the future.
The Cape Digital Foundation’s (CDF) purpose is to connect the unconnected – with a focus on local townships and informal settlements that do not currently have easy, affordable access to the Internet. The Foundation believes that townships are South Africa’s Smart Cities of the future. This informs our mission to provide the means for township citizens to become Smart Citizens. How?
While big business remains a substantial source of employment, small, micro and medium enterprises (SMME’s) across the world are widely acknowledged as the more prolific job creators. SMME’s are seen as agile and able to respond quickly to trends and technologies that are rapidly reshaping the global marketplace. Within the current South African context, however, township enterprises fall mainly into a category typified by subsistence-based enterprise, with few employees and low levels of technology.
An eFUBU project promotes digital uptake that is driven “by you, for you”. It ensures that citizens are engaged as innovators – not just as passive recipients of information or digital solutions that might not lead to an improvement in their day-to-day living conditions and self-sustainability.
The Cape Digital Foundation believes that Smart Townships are Africa’s Smart Cities of the Future. The technical enablement of smart citizens living in Smart Townships connects the unconnected. It inspires digital infrastructure investing, grows digital skills, and facilitates the production of contextually relevant content that stimulates the uptake and use of technology.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) believes that while GDP remains an excellent indicator that a country’s economic policies are working, this should no longer be used as an accurate measure in isolation of other important indicators.
Cities can act as economic engines for entire countries. It is estimated that by 2050, eight out of 10 South Africans will be living in one of the country’s cities. This begs two important questions, “Will these be smart cities?” and “What does a smart city look like in the South African context?”.
One of the Cape Digital Foundation’s key emphases is to ensure that young people in underserved urban communities have access to digital skills training through the Foundation’s partner-training initiatives on-the-ground. The spring board to these initiatives is easy access to premium Internet connectivity at an affordable price.