The City of Joburg plans to spend R1.2 billion on 1,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in the 2015/2016 financial year.
Member of the Mayoral Committee for Finance Geoffrey Makhubo made the announcement in the city’s recent budget speech, and said the hotspots will be installed before the end of 2016.
Makhubo said the city’s Good Governance Cluster would receive R7.8 billion for the 2015/16 financial year, of which a portion will be used to upgrade Wi-Fi hotspots, computer hardware and software, and ICT infrastructure.
The allocation for free Wi-FI hotspots follows an April 2014 statement by Joburg mayor Parks Tau which promised 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city before the end of the mayoral term in 2016.
The total budget for the City Joburg’s 2015/2016 financial year is R52.6 billion.