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City of Joburg tryna rollout free Wifi

The City of Johannesburg has embarked on collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Mayor Parks Tau signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

The Mayor is concluding a week-long visit to the United States where he also attended the New Cities Summit in Dallas, Texas.
Mayor Tau talks about how smart cities are becoming an integral part of the changing urban landscape.

Signed and sealed, this is a deal that will enable funding for digital champions that will fan out across to Johannesburg and create opportunities for communities to access web based technologies, as Mayor Tau explains.

We've said we're rolling out free WiFi hotspots but that's not enough. It's going beyond providing the free hotspots - it's about creating accessibility, about people knowing how to take full advantage of what technology provides. And that's very exciting, because this would empower people. People would look at educational opportunities, research opportunities, networking opportunities and people would actually be able to take the future into their own hands.

Walking the streets of New York, Parks Tau explains that his is a vision of Joburg that is better integrated, one that can overcome a history of segregation; a city defined by equitable access.

In an ideal city, comparative cities function in a way that creates greater integration, closer proximity for people to what the urban amenities provide and that's really what makes cities tick; is peoples access to and closer proximity to the urban amenity. Whether it's research agencies, universities, commercial employment opportunities, recreation and other amenities that a city provides.

Johannesburg has since 2003 been a twin city with New York a framework that allows for closer collaboration across sectors, from policing and security, transportation, Parks and recreation to climate change.

With over half the world population already residing in town and cities, this is where the post-2015 task will be won or lost, as Tau elaborates.

Reality is that local government is where the rubber hits the road, that's where you need to provide electricity, water, sanitation, where through how you design the urban system, how you provide public transport. You can be able to influence the spatial forms, social process axis that's so important in how city life develops. So in many instances, the fact that more and more people are going into cities and more and more people are looking for opportunities in cities means that we have that responsibility to ensure that they have equitable and or at least adequate access to what the city amenity provides.

With experts predicting that as federal governments becoming increasingly dysfunctional, cities become the most important governments in the lives of people.

It's a daunting one but it's also an exciting prospect because Johannesburg is a city in transition, it's the economic capital of Africa, it's the platform from which we can continue to grow, not just opportunities for our own city but opportunities throughout the continent. It is a platform from which you can facilitate trade and investment in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, in South Africa and certainly in the entire region. For us, we think that its a great opportunity to be part of a community of global cities that work together towards the prosperity of humanity overall and thats the role that cities are going to have to continue providing and playing,adds Tau.

Where rubber hits the road and where the effective use of technology is likely to make the ride that much smoother.

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The City of Johannesburg has embarked on collaboration with the CIDA City Campus University that will enable the training of 3000 Digital Ambassadors to assist with the role-out of 1000 free WiFi hotspots around the metropole.

Currently in the Big Apple, Mayor Parks Tau signed a memorandum of understanding with New York-based firm Africa Integras that will fund the initial phase of the training.

The Mayor is concluding a week-long visit to the United States where he also attended the New Cities Summit in Dallas, Texas.
Mayor Tau talks about how smart cities are becoming an integral part of the changing urban landscape.

Signed and sealed, this is a deal that will enable funding for digital champions that will fan out across to Johannesburg and create opportunities for communities to access web based technologies, as Mayor Tau explains.

We've said we're rolling out free WiFi hotspots but that's not enough. It's going beyond providing the free hotspots - it's about creating accessibility, about people knowing how to take full advantage of what technology provides. And that's very exciting, because this would empower people. People would look at educational opportunities, research opportunities, networking opportunities and people would actually be able to take the future into their own hands.

Walking the streets of New York, Parks Tau explains that his is a vision of Joburg that is better integrated, one that can overcome a history of segregation; a city defined by equitable access.

In an ideal city, comparative cities function in a way that creates greater integration, closer proximity for people to what the urban amenities provide and that's really what makes cities tick; is peoples access to and closer proximity to the urban amenity. Whether it's research agencies, universities, commercial employment opportunities, recreation and other amenities that a city provides.

Johannesburg has since 2003 been a twin city with New York a framework that allows for closer collaboration across sectors, from policing and security, transportation, Parks and recreation to climate change.

With over half the world population already residing in town and cities, this is where the post-2015 task will be won or lost, as Tau elaborates.

Reality is that local government is where the rubber hits the road, that's where you need to provide electricity, water, sanitation, where through how you design the urban system, how you provide public transport. You can be able to influence the spatial forms, social process axis that's so important in how city life develops. So in many instances, the fact that more and more people are going into cities and more and more people are looking for opportunities in cities means that we have that responsibility to ensure that they have equitable and or at least adequate access to what the city amenity provides.

With experts predicting that as federal governments becoming increasingly dysfunctional, cities become the most important governments in the lives of people.

It's a daunting one but it's also an exciting prospect because Johannesburg is a city in transition, it's the economic capital of Africa, it's the platform from which we can continue to grow, not just opportunities for our own city but opportunities throughout the continent. It is a platform from which you can facilitate trade and investment in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, in South Africa and certainly in the entire region. For us, we think that its a great opportunity to be part of a community of global cities that work together towards the prosperity of humanity overall and thats the role that cities are going to have to continue providing and playing,adds Tau.

Where rubber hits the road and where the effective use of technology is likely to make the ride that much smoother.

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June 20, 2014 - 10:49am

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