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Apr 15 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 569 | Comments: 0

George WiFi hotspots on the rise

Aphiwe Nqevu (left), a motivational speaker and marketer from George, likes the coffee and free WiFi at Caloroso Café in Meade Street. Barista Joseph Leeu upholds the café's proud coffee traditions. Photo: Pauline Lourens Through the Western Cape's free WiFi programme, established by non-profit company Digital Village, Georgians now have a host of locations that offer free Internet access. "We are aiming to achieve complete coverage by 2019, by which time all 384 hotspots should be activated," said Premier Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde in a recent joint statement. Advantages 
Access to the Internet makes e-services more accessible to communities that would otherwise not be able to utilise this new way of service delivery. This helps with the number of customers obtaining and paying bills on time, and being able to access information. These improvements in turn help to improve efficiency of service delivery and enhances quality of life. There will be 300MB per month of free browsing available to users on their first connection, and thereafter 250MB per month.
 A specialised content portal has been devised that allows unlimited browsing of government websites, as well as the use of a digital literacy course. Users of the Neotel WiFi hotspots will also be able to top up at the lowest Internet rates in South Africa, at just R5 a day for up to 700MB. (A competitor operator offers a daily recharge rate of R50 for 500MB). This offering is more than 10 times cheaper than the entry level offering from a similar WiFi provider, and over 40 times cheaper than the entry level offering from a mobile operator. New jobsEricsson, a global telecommunications company, has reported that every 1 000 new broadband connections can create 80 new jobs and improve the volume of new businesses registered by around 5%. Up to 80 000 new users benefit from the Western Cape roll-out per annum. This builds on a previous initiative launched by Digital Village. These spots in the Garden Route have free connectivity: George Hospital; Outeniqua High School Boys Hostel; Hoekwil Touwsranten Shop; Hoekwil Touwsranten Community Hall; George Taxi Rank; Hoekwil Oakhurst Cottages; Hoekwil Country Café; Halfway Toyota George; Outeniqua High School; Great Brak Water Tank; Victoria Bay Hotspot; Sedgefield Pick n Pay; Blanco Community Hall; Glenwood School; Kaai4 Mossel Bay Harbour; Baharini Guest House, Wilderness; Lawaaikamp Community Hall; Salinas Restaurant, Wilderness Beach; Kloppers George; Thusong Community Centre, Thembalethu; Thembalethu Mall; Garden Route Botanical Garden; Caloroso Cafe, George; Office Reliance, George; Hilltop Guest House, Victoria Bay; Touwsranten School, Hoekwil; Outeniqua High School Girls Hostel; Livingstone House, Wilderness; Thembalethu Primary; Kleinkrantz Shop; Hillcrest Secondary, Mossel Bay; Wilderness CBD; Knysna Waterfront; Knysna CDB Shoprite; Pacaltsdorp Spar; Rheenendal School; Khayalethu Library, Knysna; George Showgrounds; 72 York Street, George; Love It, George; Beans about Coffee, George; Uniondale Clinic; Cactus Restaurant, George; Plumbtree Trading Post, Sedgefield; Thembalethu Water Tower; Mandalay farm, Hoekwil; Hersham, Great Brak; 101 Meade Street Restaurant, George; Wilderness Boardwalk Lodge; Oubaai Hotel, Herold's Bay; Oubaai Clubhouse, Herold's Bay; Sunridge Primary, Knysna; Eden Meander Mall, George; Pacaltsdorp Water Tower; Haarlem Clinic; Bowling Club George; George Youth Café; Chill and Grill, Mossel Bay; Noll Library; Whales Way B&B, Wilderness; Garden Route Game Trails, Barrington; Wilderness NSRI; Mossel Bay Point Caravan Park; Golfers Haven King George; Dros, George; Café Havana, Mossel Bay; Myrtle Street, George; Lancewood Primary, Hoekwil; Jabus, Mossel Bay; Zanzele, George; Greenshed, Wilderness; Wilderness Wayside; Kingfisher, Mossel Bay; Herold's Bay Hotspot; Shenanigans, George; Upstairs at Harry's, George; Meade Café, George; George Farmers' Market; African Sun Geelhoutboom, George; Private Hostel, George; Beans about Coffee, York Street George; Friemersheim Library;Alpine Inn, George; Sea Side Cottages, Wilderness. ARTICLE AND PHOTO: PAULINE LOURENS, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST

source: George Herald

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