Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called on mayors to partner with the provincial government to ensure broadband is rolled out to every community.
“As servants of the people, we should resist the temptation to discontinue Wi-Fi projects simply because they were started by previous administrations,” said Makhura.
“Whatever changes we want to introduce, let us ensure that citizens continue to enjoy the benefits of free Wi-Fi, especially the youth who need access to Internet connectivity, which must be supported through public funding.”
In his state of the province address, Makhura said that since 2014, Gauteng has rolled out more than 1,500 kilometres of network fibre – connecting eight core sites and more than 800 access sites to the Gauteng Broadband Network.
“By March this year, we will connect more than 1,000 sites – in line with our target of 3,000 sites by 2020.”
“More detailed announcements will be made by the relevant MECs later this week with regard to social and economic infrastructure projects.”