Mayor fast-tracks free wi-fi for metro

2015-09-16 06:00

MAYOR Danny Jordaan has given instruction that funds must be found, as soon as next month, to pilot the roll-out of free wifi in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Jordaan said last week that he had already instructed Budget and Treasury portfolio chair Councillor Rory Riordan to fund a budget to accelerate the Wi-Fi project.

“If it were in my hands the city would have had Wi-Fi yesterday. I did speak to councillor Riordan and I said I want a final answer by the beginning of October. I told him that he must use the few weeks he has this September to find the money and I want a firm date by October,” said Jordaan.

If the project is rolled out, NMB will be the third metropolitan in the country to enjoy free Wi-Fi access following Tshwane and Cape Town.

Jordaan said areas such as Motherwell, New Brighton, Linton Grange, Kabega Park and Summerstrand would be the first to be connected.

“This is a huge plus for students. This must be a wired city and we are making progress in this regard – not only to only talk about it, but also to do it,” said Jordaan.

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