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Social media video entertainment platform, TikTok, recently announced its partnership with ThinkWiFi in South Africa to open 50 free hotspots for the next six months.

The free WiFi will cover Soweto, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Bushbuckridge respectively. 

According to Janine Rebelo, the CEO of ThinkWiFi, the strategic move is targeted towards promoting internet accessibility and reducing digital inequalities in the country:

“We are excited to be making a contribution to one of the most important needs of our people today. Opportunities on the internet for our youth are endless, but many South Africans do not have access to digital hardware, digital literacy skills and internet connectivity. The latter reality is exacerbated by the high cost of data and the limited availability of infrastructure to support broadband penetration targets,” she stated.

The director of government relations and public policy for sub-Saharan Africa, Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, emphasized on how this could be an opportunity for more youths to learn on digital spaces as well promoting their passion and interests:

“We understand that as an entertainment platform accessible on mobile devices, TikTok plays an important role in the digital world. With this pilot, we hope to encourage more people to join digital spaces such as ours, to not only create content but to learn new skills and educate fellow community members about their passion and interests.”

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By Elijah Christopher

 

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Elijah Christopher is a lifelong creative artist and a journalist for “A New Touch Of Africa”, an American news media and magazine focusing on Africa-related issues, fashion, new technologies and innovations. He has contributed to several published works, most notably a collaborative poem celebrating Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and in 2021 was the winner of the DIAJ Award for his photo-artistry.

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