R100 million budgeted to expand free WiFi in Tshwane

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The City of Tshwane is set to spend R100 million on its free WiFi (TshwiFi) programme.

The city’s mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, delivered the Tshwane Budget this morning in Pretoria.

“The significance of the TshwiFi project cannot be accentuated enough. In this regard, we know boast in excess of 776 TshwiFi zones resulting in Tshwane being the largest WiFi network on the African continent, not by our own affirmation, but according to the international research firm, BMI-T [sic],” Ramokgopa said.

“In order to continue our commitment in ensuring that universal digital connectivity is treated as a basic and fundamental human right, the capital will invest approximately R100 million in this financial year,” he added.

“We also emphasised our commitment to broadband rollout within the capital which will facilitate the installation of fibre networks to far outlying areas of the city,” the mayor said.

“In the years subsequent to the 2016/17 financial year, the fundimg for TshwiFi will emanate from the broadband project which is an off balance sheet transaction with the city entering into an offtake agreement with an appointed service provider and will be implemented through a publuc/private partnership.”

Ramokgopa said the city will continue to mainstream a number of initiatives and serve as Africa’s beacon of excellence in digital connectivity.

The total Tshwane 2016/17 budget is R32.8 billion, an increase of 11% compared to last year’s budget.