Free WiFi for Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain

The pilot project forms part of the City of Cape Town’s broadband network project.

The pilot project forms part of the City of Cape Town’s broadband network project. Picture: www.sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has announced a project that will see residents of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain get free WiFi for six months.

The pilot project forms part of the city's broadband network project.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille launched phase one of the city's broadband network project on Thursday.

It involves faster telecommunication services to 25 clinics in the city.

De Lille says R51 million was spent on the first phase and an additional R220million will be spent over the next three years.

The mayor also announced that Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain residents will have access to free WiFi for six months as from December.

She says depending on the success of the project, the service will go out to tender and will hopefully provide reasonably priced WiFi to more disadvantaged areas.