The installation of free Wi-Fi at the Luvuyo Community Health Centre, in Makhaza, it is hoped, will attract residents to the centre like bees are to nectar.
The wireless internet service was unveiled by Councillor Xanthea Limberg, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services and Compliance, on Friday.
This is the city’s 189th Wi-Fi hot spot to go live.
The first was launched in 2013 by the USA Trade and Development Association, in Harare.
Limberg said residents can connect when they are inside or outside public buildings where they congregate and queue for services.
“It will help when you are searching for jobs(on the internet) or any other information. We hope that you(residents) make use of it and enjoy(the time spent there),” she said.
She also said the city has taken the lead in digital inclusion, for both the country and the African continent.
Grace Nyaba, acting manager at the centre, said the Wi-Fi will also help the centre as they sometimes get disconnected when their server is down.
“We mostly get disconnected and unable to access the files for patients, but now we will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi and continue doing our work smoothly.
We will also use it to search for information when we need clarity on something. It will help all of us,” Nyaba said.
Bukelwa Mbalane, of corporate programme support in the city, said this is set to be a life changing project in the area.
“(For patients), sometimes, it is boring to come to clinic, because they queue here with nothing else to do, but now they will be connected to the internet and get the information they need.
We hope that it will be the “centre of attraction”. Most residents wait until they get seriously sick before they come to the clinic which puts their lives at risk. We want residents to come in their numbers to this clinic,” Mbalane said.
She also said some residents have a wrong perception that the clinic is for those who are on ARV treatment, whereas a lot of services are rendered for TB sufferers.
The clinic sees about 3500 patients per month.
Yolanda Yabo, a resident, applauded the Wi-Fi connection at the centre.
“I am happy that we are now connected to the free Wi-Fi. It is going to help me when I need to search for information for my school work,” she said.
Yabo is a Grade 10 learner at Sizimisele Technical High School.
Sithembiso Dyosi, also a resident, said this will be a relief to the residents as they mostly run-out of money to buy data.
“It will help me, because I am looking for a job, but I mostly run-out of data when I need to connect to the internet,” Dyosi said.
There are two service providers for the Wi-Fi which are AlwaysOn and Orange.
The centre is also connected to Smart Cape for the city.