Telecommunications Minister urges municipalities to roll out free Wi-Fi

Siyabonga Cwele’s praised JHB, CT, PTA, Ekurhuleni & Nelson Mandela Bay metros for the progress made.

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CAPE TOWN - Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele has urged municipalities to continue setting aside funds to roll out free internet Wi-Fi.

The minister was delivering his department's budget vote speech in the National Assembly earlier today.

He's praised Johannesburg, Cape Town, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay metros for the progress they've made.

"Johannesburg is working hard to complete 47 sites in [areas such as] Alexandra, Diepsloot, Ivory Park, Doornkop, Orlando East, Dlamini and Protea East."

Cwele says his department set aside R40 million to help those municipalities that could show they had both the plans and the capacity to spend the allocations before March this year.

"What is most encouraging is that most people use free Wi-Fi not for naughty things but for educational content, job opportunities and small business development. Free Wi-Fi is bridging the digital divide."