About us

Project Isizwe is a non-profit organisation that partners with Internet Service Providers to provide equitable internet access for impoverished African communities.

Enabled by blockchain technology, Project Isizwe provides transparent and traceable transactions, to ensure credibility between contributing donors and beneficiaries who are connected to fast, reliable and quality internet for free.

Our vision

Africa Uncapped: Our vision is to equitably connect 50 million African citizens to uncapped internet. One day we will drive through the villages and townships of Africa and see Project Isizwe WiFi hotspots everywhere.

Our mission

Uncapping Africa: to conquer the current injustice of inequality between home WiFi ‘haves’ and the mobile dependant ‘have nots’. To go through all the challenges and fulfilment that each day brings to uncap Africa. To wake up every day and love the unconnected.

Our history

Founded in 2013, Project Isizwe was established as an non-profit organisation committed to enabling sustainable free internet access in low-income communities across South Africa. Project Isizwe’s pilot and award-winning flagship project – Tshwane Free WiFi – was designed to connect the unconnected in South Africa’s capital city. The project deployed 1050 free public WiFi hotspots across the City of Tshwane, with 600,000 monthly users receiving 500MB per day. If the project had been subscription funded, it would have cost under R10 per user per month with each user receiving 500MB a day. It remains the biggest Free Public WiFi network in Africa and was implemented in partnership with the local municipality, hailed as the most innovative government programme to bridge the digital divide.

Over the years, Project Isizwe has advocated for internet access as a human right to eradicate the gaps in education, health, employment and economic participation, enabling authentic equality between the citizens of Africa.

Our team

Shireen Powell
Project Isizwe CEO

Driven by her passion for people and social justice, and fuelled by her belief in the power technology has to change our world, and the possibilities that are unlocked through connectedness, Shireen has found her niche as the CEO of Project Isizwe…

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Sibs Moodley-Moore
Non-Executive Director

With a deep commitment to social justice and transformation, and a passion for the development of people, Sibs has been a Non-Executive Director of Project Isizwe since 2013. After receiving her PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle…

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Our history

Founded in 2013, Project Isizwe was established as an non-profit organisation committed to enabling sustainable free internet access in low-income communities across South Africa. Project Isizwe’s pilot and award-winning flagship project – Tshwane Free WiFi – was designed to connect the unconnected in South Africa’s capital city. The project deployed 1050 free public WiFi hotspots across the City of Tshwane, with 600,000 monthly users receiving 500MB per day. If the project had been subscription funded, it would have cost under R10 per user per month with each user receiving 500MB a day. It remains the biggest Free Public WiFi network in Africa and was implemented in partnership with the local municipality, hailed as the most innovative government programme to bridge the digital divide.

Over the years, Project Isizwe has advocated for internet access as a human right to eradicate the gaps in education, health, employment and economic participation, enabling authentic equality between the citizens of Africa.

Our team

Our values

Respect for Truth

Take credibility, tell the truth even though it may be a little uncomfortable. Admit when you don’t know something, we are all here to grow together. If you say you will do it, do it, truthfulness conveys respect.

Respect for Keeping promises

Manage your commitments, being reliable doesn’t mean saying yes to everyone. Having good intentions doesn’t define integrity, keeping your promises do. Accept that promises do break sometimes, forgive yourself and others and try to do better.

Respect for Women

Look women in the eye when speaking to them, it’s just respectful. Embrace each other’s differences, and work together to build a strong sense of fairness and understanding.

Respect for Work ethic

Show up with a smile, it shows that you are happy to be here, if you do it enough, you will soon trick your brain into believing so. Give a damn, don’t take for granted the lives that you change on a daily basis. Get it done, everyone is here to do what needs to be done, so don’t settle until we are all satisfied.

Respect for Family

Be mindful of people’s time, every minute a person spends working is taken away from family time. Be respectful of people’s personal and family-related matters. Bring with you a good attitude, the energy that is established at work is the energy that gets taken home. Make it a positive one.

Respect for Racial diversity

Being inclusive shows good leadership, it shows that you care about people’s success.Have compassion, not everyone that is here has been awarded the same opportunities that you have, so kind. Our country is increasingly becoming cultural convergent, make an effort to learn about other people, diversity drives creative power, richness in ideas and respect for others.

Respect for Skills

Having the attitude to win is far more worthier than having the skills to win. You are here to do something that you are good at, do that and become great at what you do. Become a team, you must be sure enough of yourself and your contribution to praise the skills of others.

Our values

Respect for Truth

Take credibility, tell the truth even though it may be a little uncomfortable. Admit when you don’t know something, we are all here to grow together. If you say you will do it, do it, truthfulness conveys respect.

Respect for Keeping promises

Manage your commitments, being reliable doesn’t mean saying yes to everyone. Having good intentions doesn’t define integrity, keeping your promises do. Accept that promises do break sometimes, forgive yourself and others and try to do better.

Respect for Women

Look women in the eye when speaking to them, it’s just respectful. Embrace each other’s differences, and work together to build a strong sense of fairness and understanding.

Respect for Work ethic

Show up with a smile, it shows that you are happy to be here, if you do it enough, you will soon trick your brain into believing so. Give a damn, don’t take for granted the lives that you change on a daily basis. Get it done, everyone is here to do what needs to be done, so don’t settle until we are all satisfied.

Respect for Family

Be mindful of people’s time, every minute a person spends working is taken away from family time. Be respectful of people’s personal and family-related matters. Bring with you a good attitude, the energy that is established at work is the energy that gets taken home. Make it a positive one.

Respect for Racial diversity

Being inclusive shows good leadership, it shows that you care about people’s success.Have compassion, not everyone that is here has been awarded the same opportunities that you have, so kind. Our country is increasingly becoming cultural convergent, make an effort to learn about other people, diversity drives creative power, richness in ideas and respect for others.

Respect for Skills

Having the attitude to win is far more worthier than having the skills to win. You are here to do something that you are good at, do that and become great at what you do. Become a team, you must be sure enough of yourself and your contribution to praise the skills of others.