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Gauteng Broadband Network enabling Gauteng citizens

Gopolang Leepile

Since the inception of the Gauteng Broadband Network, Gauteng residents have been spoiled for choice with over 1 003 high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots across the province.

This is in line with Premier David Makhura’s commitment to afford residents of Gauteng an opportunity to not be left behind in the digital revolution, as well as induct them into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

During the 2017 State of the Province Address SoPA, Premier Makhura said the roll-out of Broadband Infrastructure and free Wi-Fi is beneficial to the residents Gauteng residents, and townships and non-fee paying schools would be prioritised.

The Gauteng Broadband Network has also acted as an economic enabler to resident in the province, by ensuring that priority townships and economic regeneration zones have access to high speed Wi-Fi.

During the 2017/18 financial year, the Department of eGovernment connected over 815 sites, including health sites, public libraries, and 782 schools across the province.

During the 2018 Gauteng Technology Innovation Conference, Premier Makhura noted that the fourth industrial revolution was upon the people of South Africa.

“Gauteng is the most technologically intensive province in our country, with 84.3% of Gauteng households having access to a functional cellphone and 65% having internet access- which is significantly higher than the national average of 53.5%,” he said.

One Gauteng resident, 33-year-old Khaya Sibeko, who is a striving young entrepreneur from Sebokeng in the Vaal said that he has found the Gauteng Broadband Network to be beneficial, especially for him running his business in the Johannesburg CBD.

“I am able to connect with my customers and find other creative ways to market my business.

“However, I think that Premier Makhura and the Gauteng government should consider broadening the network where small businesses, especially informal traders are located, because they play an integral part in the province’s economy,” said Sibeko.

Young Gauteng residents, just like Sibeko, are waiting in anticipation for Premier Makhura’s SoPA, hoping that the provincial government will open channels for their local businesses to thrive in the bigger markets.

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