Google announced the launch of Google Station for the Cape Flats, in the Western Cape. Google Station is a program to provide fast, free and open Wi-Fi to the area in partnership with ThinkWifi, an internet service provider.
The announcement was made during the inaugral ‘Google for South Africa’ event in Johannesburg, where Google launched a number of initiatives and products specifically tailored to the South African market.
Nitin Gajria, Google Africa director said by gaining access to information via the internet they hoped that people in these communities will get a more equal opportunity to learn and develop and live more empowered lives,
Google Station is now available in over 100 locations across Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Delft, Elsies River, Philippi and now Cape Flats too.
These areas are some of the most underserved communities in the country with high unemployment and crime rates.
Janine Rebelo, Think WiFi CEO said through their partnership, Think WiFi and Google will provide unlimited Wi-Fi access to communities in townships, public areas, universities, transportation hubs and shopping malls, laying the foundations for broad-based, inclusive participation in the benefits industry 4.0 brings.
Google also announced updates to Google Go, a product that makes it easier to discover the best of the internet, even on low-RAM smartphones or unstable network connections.
Starting today, users can access the Google Assistant directly from Google Go. Using only their voice, users can ask Google to call mum, play the latest Kwesta video, or find the best route to their favourite kota place.
Gajria said that every day people in South Africa and around the world turn to Google for help. They hoped that the products and updates announced would make Google even more helpful for getting things done.
She added that Google remains committed to bringing the transformational power of technology to people everywhere.
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