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September 27th, 2016 by


According to Internet World Stats, South Africa has 26,841,126 internet users, as of June 2016. This equates to just under 50% of the country’s population.

These stats do not differentiate between broadband internet access and mobile internet access.

The Western Cape Government is looking to bring affordable internet access to the general public thanks to its partnership with Neotel.

“Most people and communities in rural, remote areas rely heavily on mobile phones to stay in touch and conduct business. Since mobile broadband costs are still unaffordable to many of our citizens, having Wi-Fi networks in place present them with options they would normally not have”, says the Western Cape Government.

Western Cape Government Wi-Fi zones

Mobile Broadband is a Game Changer

The way in which young people interact, engage and learn is changing. The importance of connectivity in creating opportunity and opening up a world of knowledge for people of all ages is vital.

What the Neotel Wi-Fi Internet Access Project Means For Users Who Connect

  • Stable, reliable and fast Wi-Fi hotspots in 384 wards.
  • Easy access to limited free internet access (300 MB per user for the first month and 250 MB for every month thereafter).
  • Unlimited free access to .gov.za websites (any time, on any connected device).
  • The development of ICT and other skills development and improved levels of digital literacy.
  • Access to jobs, employment readiness information, tender opportunities and details about internships, learnerships and bursaries.

Who Has Access? 

Anyone with a Wi-Fi enabled device can use the service. Mobile phones that are within the coverage area of a NeoHotspot will be able to use the limited free Wi-Fi service. These are located at any of the 384 sites in the Western Cape.

Connect To a Ward Near You

The rollout is planned to take place in three phases:

  • First Phase: 50 hotspots will be deployed during the 2015/16 financial year,
  • Second Phase: 100 hotspots will be deployed during the 2016/17 financial year, and
  • Third Phase: The remaining 234 hotspots will be deployed during the 2017/18 financial year.

CLICK BELOW to compare broadband packages – for when you are not near a free Wi-Fi hotspot

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How It Will Work 

The Wi-Fi hotspots will be mounted on the external walls of the buildings, and will point out towards the nearby community. Depending on topography, the hotspots have a range of 200m.

Once you’ve used up the free 250mb of data, you will be able to buy top-up data :

  • R5 for a day of internet access (limited to 700MB per day).
  • R15 for a week of internet access (limited to 2GB for 7 days).
  • R45 for a month of internet access (limited to 5GB for 30 days).

If you need any help connecting, or have any questions about the service, you can get assistance via phone or email:

Phone: 0860 636 835

Email: [email protected]

How To Connect 

  1. Go to device settings on your Wi-Fi enabled device.
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi.
  3. Search for Wi-Fi Networks.
  4. Select NeoHotspot.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Start browsing!

Find a Hotspot Near You

Site Name Physical Address
1.    148 Long Street 148 Long Street, Cape Town
2.    Aristea Primary Brighton Road, Kraaifontein
3.    Bellville High Technical School 20 College Road, Bellville
4.    Bonteheuwel Secondary 54 Dissel Road, Cape Town
5.    Bosmansdam High School Adam Tas Avenue, Bothasig
6.    Brackenfell High School Rogland Street, Brackenfell
7.    Bridgetown Secondary 15 Denne Street, Cape Town
8.    Dr. Van Der Ross Primary 26 Koeberg Avenue, Belhar
9.    Durbanville High School Langenhoven Street, Durbanville
10.    Education District Office East (Kuilsriver) Nooiensfontein Road, Kuils River
11.    Education District Office North (Parow) Timmerman Street, Parow
12.    Elswood Secondary Epping Avenue, Leonsdale
13.    Gene Louw Traffic College Brackenfell Boulevard, Brackenfell
14.    Goulburn Centre 18 Goulburn Street, Goodwood
15.    Grassdale High School Fourth Avenue, Grassy Park
16.    Grassy Park Secondary c/o Sixth Avenue and Victoria Rd, Grassy Park
17.    No. 2 Portswood Road Block B, Old City Hospital Complex, Portswood Road
18.    Groote Schuur High School 76 Palmyra Road, Newlands
19.    Heideveld Secondary Waterberg Road, Heideveld
20.    Ikamvalethu Secondary Zone 27 Off Washington Street, Temba Nqose Street, Langa
21.    Isilimela Secondary Washington Road, Langa
22.    Kenridge Primary Van Riebeeck Avenue, Kenridge, Durbanville
23.    Kuils River Technical Secondary School 22-40 Driebergen Road, Highbury, Kuils River
24.    Langa Social Development 2 Rubusana Avenue, Langa
25.    Rosendaal Secondary 101 Main Road, Delft
26.    Livingstone High School 100 Imam Haron Road, Claremont
27.    Maitland Secondary Station Road, Maitland
28.    Manenberg Secondary Tugela Road, Mannenberg
29.    Masibambisane Secondary 669 Main Road, Delft South
30.    Modderdam Secondary 281 Bonteheuwel Road, Bonteheuwel
31.    Phoenix Secondary Silverstream Road, Manenberg
32.    Plumstead High School Basil Road, Plumstead
33.    Range Secondary Lower Balvenie Avenue, The Range
34.    Rentzburghof (DSD) 42 Courtenay Street, George
35.    Salt River Secondary Rochester Road, Salt River
36.    Scottsville Secondary Petunia Street, Scottsville
37.    Southfield Primary 37 Dirkie Uys Street, Wynberg
38.    St. Agnes Primary 13 Dublin Street, Woodstock
39.    Stellenbosch Library Plein Street, Stellenbosch
40.    Soeteweide Road (outside the Provincial Hospital) Soeteweide Road, Stellenbosch
41.    Sunbell Building 245 Voortrekker Road, Bellville
42.    Symphony Secondary Symphony Way, Belhar
43.    Tygerberg Hospital (field outside) Fransie Van Zyl Avenue, Parow
44.    Voorbrug Secondary Voorbrug Road, Delft
45.    Westcott Primary Myburgh Road, Diep River
46.    Windsor High School 1 Smuts Road, Rondebosch East
47.    York Park Building 93 York Street, George
48.    Zwaanswyk High School 370 Main Road, Tokai
49.    Uitsig Primary Uitsig Avenue, Uitsig
50.    Thembalethu Secondary Qhawa Street, George
51.    Thembalethu CDC Ngcakani Street, Thembalethu, George
52.    Conville CDC Pienaar Street, Conville, George
53.    Scottsdene CDC Eoan Ave, Scottsdene, Kraaifontein, Cape Town
54.    Kraaifontein CHC 303, 6th Avenue, Kraaifontein, Cape Town
55.    Bellville South Secondary 14 Mimosa Street, Bellville, Cape Town
56.    Eerste River Social Development 42 Strand Street, Eerste River, Cape Town
57.   Manzomthombo Secondary Nkohla Street, Mfuleni, Blackheath, Cape Town
58.    Forest Heights High School Bloekomlaan, Forest Heights, Cape Town
59.    Marian RC Secondary 1 St Dominic’s Street, Matroosfontein, Cape Town
60.    Sophumelela Secondary Cnr Oliver Tambo & Vanguard Drive,  Cape Town
61.    Sinethemba Secondary Sagwityi Street, Phillipi, Cape Tow
62.    Dr. Nelson R Mandela High School Cnr Lansdowne & Eisleben Roads, Crossroads, Cape Town
63.    Hanover Park CHC Cnr Surran & Hanover Park Avenue, Hanover Park, Cape Town
64.    Tenterden House 60 Durban Road, Wynberg, Cape Town
65.    Ferndale Primary Ottery Road, Ottery, Cape Town
66.    Zeekoevlei Secondary 370 Seventh Avenue, Lotus River, Cape Town
67.    Oscar Mpetha High School 8 Emms Drive, Nyanga, Cape Town
68.    Alexander Sinton Secondary 154 Thornton Road, Wynberg, Cape Town
69.    Zisukhanyo Secondary Oliver Tambo Drive, Weltevreden Valley, Cape Town
70.   Intsebenziswano Secondary Tywaka Road, Phillipi, Cape Town
71.   Phillipi Secondary Heinz Road, Phillipi, Cape Town
72.    Mfuleni Secondary T. Tokwana Street, Extension 6, Mfuleni, Cape Town
  • irene

    Is the Muizenberg false bay college in the plans for wifi hot spot

  • Dominique April

    May I ask, why has schools in the Mossel Bay are, been excluded from this Wi-Fi Hotspots? Any particular reason?

    • Brendon Petersen

      Hi Dominique,

      The Western Cape Government has planned to roll out wifi hotspots in 384 wards, the selection criteria has not been shared with media unfortunately.

  • Wilna

    What about Strand Somerset West area?

    • Brendon Petersen

      Hi Wilna,

      At this stage, the Western Cape Government hasn’t commented on which wards will be next in line to get the free internet roll out, however I’m sure that they will provide more information as they continue to connect more people.