The second phase of the Free Stellenbosch WiFi project went live recently, which extends coverage to Ida’s Valley, Kayamandi, and Cloetesville.
In February 2012 Stellenbosch mayor Conrad Sidego revealed that they are planning to make Stellenbosch a WiFi town. This is an initiative backed by Stellenbosch, Mxit and the University of Stellenbosch.
After a slow start and a few problems, the free Stellenbosch WiFi project is gaining momentum with additional resources which allows the network to “seriously extend our reach”.
Despite recent changes at Mxit, the mobile company is still involved as a bandwidth supplier. Some retrenched Mxit staff members are volunteering on this project.
“It truly is passion-driven, and an indication of how keen we are as a community in assisting in closing the digital gap,” said the project’s Carinus Lemmer.