A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed this week between Think WiFi and GreenCape to deliver wifi-enabled solar street lights in Witsand, Atlantis.
In line with GreenCape’s Alternative Service Delivery Unit (ASDU) vision of equal and unhindered access, this WiFi initiative will bring effective internet access to a community that needs it.
The ASDU has been established by GreenCape to design, facilitate and manage the provision of energy services to unserviced and unserviceable communities, on behalf of relevant stakeholders. ASDU applies an adaptive co-design framework to facilitate community led energy provision.
“ASDU is driving the rapid provision of reliable, affordable and safe energy innovations to address basic needs, drive social development and create jobs,” said Alderman James Vos, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, who was present to witness the signing of the MoU at GreenCape. “ASDU builds the foundation for accelerated socio-economic development and turns the current lack of infrastructure into an opportunity for empowerment.”
GreenCape’s collaboration with ThinkWiFI occurred after a process with the Witsand community prioritised area lighting and connectivity as their most pressing energy-related needs.
“We are excited to partner with GreenCape to help solve some of the connectivity and lighting challenges in the areas we operate in. To date we have deployed more than 50 of the solar lights around our WiFi Hotspots, and will continue to roll this project out in existing areas as well as install more lights in new areas, like Witsand,” said Janine Rebelo, CEO of Think WiFi.
An added benefit of these lights is that they continue to work through load shedding, ensuring area safety even during dark hours.
“Access to energy is a prerequisite of human development and with ASDU now driving energy provision in each of these areas there is the potential to increase in-home education, create meaningful employment, reduce unsafe and illegal connections and build a safe and united community,” Vos added.