Free Wi-Fi in Pretoria still on, for now

A project to roll out free Wi-Fi in Pretoria is back on track, despite the Auditor General having raised concerns about it under the previous administration, a city official said on Thursday. "While this city government may not have conceived of free Wi-Fi, our aim is to perfect it," mayoral committee member for corporate services, Cilliers Brink, told reporters in Centurion. The Auditor General red-flagged R180m that had been spent on the project as unlawful and irregular expenditure, Democratic Alliance mayor Solly Msimanga said after his first 100 days in office. During a meeting with the AG in May, it emerged that the project, called "TshWi-Fi", was being paid for with grant funding meant for non-profit organisations and charities. The non-profit company linked to the deal was called Project Isizwe. The city spent months negotiating with Project Isizwe, under extremely difficult circumstances for both parties, Brink said. Amended contract The outcome was that the cont…
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