Department of Computer Science

Bringing affordable communications to rural South Africa: Zenzeleni Networks

Zenzeleni Networks Mankosi is the result of a partnership between the Mankosi community, in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the Eastern Cape, and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) that aims to create a model for the sustainable implementation of bottom­up local telcos in rural communities in South Africa to reduce the cost of communications for its dwellers. A proof of concept is running in Mankosi since 2012.

In this event the results from the multidisciplinary research team from UWC will be discussed first. Then, the steps taken to translate them and make them available to a larger audience, and the process initiated to replicate them elsewhere will be presented by partner organizations.

Date: 23rd September 2015
Venue: Library Auditorium, University of the Western Cape

Multidisciplinary insights from the UWC researchers working on the project

12:15 - 12:20 Welcome and introduction Prof. W.D. Tucker and Prof. Blignaut
12:20 - 12:35 Zenzeleni Networks Documentary Screening  
12:35 - 12:45 Acceptability of local telcos in rural South Africa Carlos Rey­Moreno, Computer Science Dept.
12:45 - 12:55 Quantitative impact on expenditure and communications patterns Tafadzwa Mandava, Statistics Dept.
12:55 - 13:05 Impact on youth enrolment to Higher Education Institutions Lwando Mdleleni, Institute for Social Development
13:05 - 13:15 Critical Exploration and Analysis of Gender Dynamics Tigist S. Hussen, Gender Studies Dept.
13:15 - 13:40 Panel and Q & A All
13:40 - 13:45 Concluding remarks Prof. May

13:45 – 14:15 ­ Tea Break

Present and future of Zenzeleni Networks outside academia

14:15 - 14:25 Introduction to Zenzeleni Networks Mankosi experience Masbulele Siya, Zenzeleni Networks Mankosi
14:25 - 14:40 Zenzeleni Networks Documentary Screening  
14:40 - 14:55 Scope of the Zenzeleni Networks license Dominic Cull, Ellipsis Regulatory Solutions
14:55 - 15:15 Website, Policy Brief and Booklet Launch Michael Graaf (R2K Campaign), Carlos Rey-Moreno (UWC)
15:15 - 15:25 A look into the Future Sipelo Lupondwana/Ellen Fischat, SEDA ICT Incubator
15:25 - 15:40 Open discussion  
15:40 - 15:45 Closing Mark Weinberg, National Coordinator R2K Campaign

15:45 – 17:00 Snacks and refreshments

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