Projects & Focus Areas

Broadband is seen as a strategic enabler for all sectors of the economy. It enables the transmission of data across the globe, improved communication and the ability to transact almost instantaneously. Unfortunately, this kind of infrastructure is not widely available in South Africa and where it exists, it is often unreliable and very costly. This has been recognised and acted upon by National Government who, through the Department of Communications, have hastened to bring the National Broadband Policy to completion…
One of the key challenges hampering broadband services in South Africa (and Africa) is the lack of an effective last mile connectivity solution (i.e. how to connect the home to the backbone broadband networks). This is even more of a challenge in the rural context.
This project was conducted on behalf of the Lejweleputswa Development Agency (LDA) in the Lejweleputswa District of the Free State province of South Africa. The contract related to the conducting of a feasibility study for the establishment of a Technology Innovation Hub in the District. This project is in partnership with the Lejweleputswa District Municipality (LDM) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The Lejweleputswa District Municipality (LDM) is one of five District municipalities in the Free State Province. It comprises…
African Ideas has been very active in creating and driving the e-education strategy and approach taken by the Western Cape Government (WCG). African Ideas drove the concept of a schools wide area network (WAN) as an anchor of the provincial wide broadband. This fundamentally changes the way that schools can use technology to teach and learn, ultimately leading to improved education outcomes. African Ideas CEO, Mr. Nirvesh Sooful, facilitated the first session with Education officials and other stakeholders, introducing concepts…
There are indications that the digital content industry offers significant economic and cultural benefits to the African economy. While Africa is currently a small player within the global digital industry, it has the potential to grow. For example, just the digital multimedia games development sector is worth around US$20 billion globally. In South Africa, PWC has estimated that “the South African entertainment and media (E&M) market will generate estimated overall revenues of R175.4 billion in 2017, having increased from R104.8…
There is growing evidence that the diffusion of ICT is an accelerator of economic growth in a country (studies by the OECD, World Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, etc.). Broadband is being identified as a key contributor to economic growth and offering “opportunities for employment generation, creation of new sources of innovation and enhancement of industrial competitiveness” However, it is also important to note that the benefits of broadband will not be achieved by infrastructure alone. It is achieved by…
In the future everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network. Buildings will turn off the lights for you, self-driving cars will find you that sought-after parking space and even the rubbish bins will be smart. The city becomes a living laboratory for smart technologies that can handle all major systems - water, transport, security, garbage, green buildings, clean energy, and more.
Open Data is a new buzz word; the world is coming up with policies, frameworks, and strategies around successful implementation of Open Data. There have been many reasons cited in numerous reports behind this new dynamic movement pointing out that many research organisations are dedicated to explore Open Data. The most prominent reason that data is the new resource of the knowledge economy. Data is seen as the raw material that will drive this economy. That is why it is…
Another chapter in the smart city story is being written by citizens, who are using apps, DIY sensors, smartphones and the web to solve the city problems that matter to them.
The current position of inequity and exclusion in South Africa is magnified by the impact of digital exclusion which is now being recognised across the developed world as a serious matter requiring a large effort. While digital exclusion is seen as a major issue in the developed world, its impacts in countries like South Africa are now being recognised as profoundly important in addressing social, economic and cultural equity. There are a number of digital exclusion issues on the South…

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