The days of unreliable cell phone network coverage, which meant that the residents of Noenieput were unable to contact key services like the police, is a thing of the past.
Noenieput is a remote Northern Cape town with one police station servicing a widespread farming community.
Vodacom and the SAPS officially celebrated the new “connected” police station on Thursday, 3 August, after years of struggle during which SAPS officials were forced to do their duties with limited network connectivity.
Without mobile connections or devices, Noenieput SAPS officials had to travel to Kimberley weekly to hand in police reports.
According to Vodacom, the greatest challenge in rolling out the network infrastructure was laying down electricity in an extremely remote location to keep the base station live.
The closest town, Upington, is 170 km away.
Vodacom’s chief business officer, Vuyani Jarana, expressed his delight in bettering the lives of citizens.
“This is the culmination of many years of work of feasibility studies and planning for the network infrastructure. We continue to focus on bringing mobile connectivity to rural or underdeveloped areas, where it can serve as a catalyst to uplift communities such as Noenieput, as well as assist in providing quality service delivery,” said Jarana.
SAPS spokesperson Brig. Mohale Ramatseba said the new network system will make it easier for the public to access the police station.