The project provides internet access to areas with low internet penetration, in a manner similar to that of Facebook’s Internet.org.
“The Eastern Cape is ideal because it is as rural as you get and densely populated. Until we solve connectivity problem there, South Africa will always have a problem”, says Alan Knott-Craig, founder of Project Isizwe.
The Wi-Fi will be deployed by June 17 and Knott-Craig believes that deploying the Wi-Fi in the rural community will as a test on how these poor communities will interact with the internet.
Project Isizwe was previously rolled out in the City of Tshwane and now has 161 577 in seven wards.
Founded in 2012, Project Isizwe has been campaigning to get the South African government deploy funds to help provide free Wi-Fi connection to rural areas.