TECHNOLOGY: Internet Growth In Underserviced Areas
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Silulo Ulutho Technologies (Silulo) yesterday opened its 18th store in Blue Downs in the Western Cape with the assistance of MWEB.
Blue Downs is the fourth of five stores to be opened as a result of the MWEB investment, which totals R1.1 million over the past two years. The first three were opened in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Du Noon. The fifth shop is planned for Delft.
Carolyn Holgate, MWEB Connect General Manager, says Silulo’s story is a remarkable one given that its founders, Luvuyo and Lonwabe Rani, began by selling PCs out of the boot of their car in 2004.
“Silulo was a natural fit for MWEB as we share the vision of taking the Internet to the people of South Africa. What excites us about Silulo is the diversity of its offering, which includes services like Internet access, training, desktop support and communication facilities for people in underserviced areas,” Holgate says.
The store, which is situated in the Cavalier Retail Centre, was opened by Alderman Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning. The event was also attended by Solly Fourie, Head of Department for Economic Development and Tourism, who assisted with the handover of two bursaries for Basic Computer Skills Training, sponsored by Silulo.
Luvuyo Rani says it’s the 18th Silulo store to open in five and a half years after the first store opened in 2006. A total of 11 of the stores are one-stop centres with training, support and Internet access; five are training centres; and two are Internet cafés.
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