Youths from Orange Farm no longer have to take long and costly trips to town in order to connect to the internet to search for jobs or skills development training. Women residing in Alexandra Women’s Hostel, Pensioners living in Riverlea Old Age Home and residents in other parts of the city where Wi-Fi has been rolled out now have free internet connectivity at their fingertips made possible by the City’s Metropolitan Trading Company (MTC).
With many communities in Johannesburg struggling with access to the internet and the high cost of data, the MTC has been working hard to bridge the digital divide and bring down the cost of telecommunication by providing internet access which has become a need for many job seekers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and students in an increasingly digital world.
The MTC sees the roll-out of Wi-Fi to communities across the city as critical to service delivery mandate and the CoJ Free Wi-Fi initiative will ensure that many previously disadvantage communities in the city have access to internet.
The MTC Project Manager Richard Lalla confirmed that the Wi-Fi rollout project started towards the end of June 2021 and has recently finished the following sites such as Zandspruit Informal Settlement, Roodepoort CBD City Hall, Dobsonville Customer Service Centre, Mzimhlophe Hostel, Eldorado Park Service Point, Klipspruit Clinic, Cosmo City Clinic, Westbury Recreation Centre, Nancefield Hostel, Donavan McDonald Retirement, Danie Van Zyl Recreation Centre, Orange farm Skills Centre WIFI, Sol Plaatjie Community Hall, Eldorado Park Ext 2 Library, Alexandra Women’s Hostel, Lenasia Civic Centre, Riverlea Old Age Home and Westgate Taxi Rank.
The CoJ MTC is committed to bridging the digital divide and realizing the City’s Strategic Priority of becoming the Smart City, where internet access and broadband is the foundation of such a Smart City.