In the 21st century, free internet is fastly becoming considered a basic human right. National policy stipulates universal broadband access by 2020 and Project Isizwe, a body funded by numerous local enterprises, will be rolling out a free WiFi service to taxi ranks in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain.
Part of me can’t help but feel that although free WiFi is wonderful, rolling it out in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain seems a bit redundant – for now at least. To some extent, these are areas more in need of amenities such as housing for residents or crime regulation, and perhaps a service like free WiFi should be near the end of the list when talking about service delivery. Yes, it is fantastic that access to a wealth of information online will be free and at the fingertips of commuters, but I feel that there are more pressing matters to attend to.
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