About

We’re tackling this problem because we’re uniquely positioned to do so. With decades of experience in connecting emerging markets, Isizwe understands how to roll out fast, uncapped, affordable, and ubiquitously available internet.  

Fast, uncapped and affordable fibre internet for people that need it most.

Fast

Slow internet is more frustrating than no internet. We're delivering speeds of 100 MB/second to users in our pilot project.

Uncapped

Capped and uncapped internet access are different products. Our service is uncapped, reducing the need to think about data consumption.

Affordable

We charge R5 ($0.34) per day on a Pay-as-you-Go basis. No contracts, no obligations. Connect only when you want to and can afford to.

Reliable

The goal is to connect everyone to the internet on a meaningful basis. Connecting to a public hotspot is not the same as connecting from the comfort of your home. That's why we provide fibre and a home router to the homes we connect.

Our service is live and growing in Kayamandi Township.

Having internet access and being connected to the internet are not the same thing. Being connected to the internet means that you can use the internet in an active and meaningful way.

You’re able to learn, earn and entertain yourself using the internet, in the same way that billions of internet users do today.

To achieve this, internet access needs to be fast, uncapped, affordable, and ubiquitously available.

A team filled with experience

Our core team has worked together for over a decade, raising millions of dollars in VC, and building and exiting multiple 8 and 9 figure businesses in the telecoms space. In an area where domain expertise is critical to success, our experience makes all the difference.  

Alan Knott-Craig
Founder & Executive Chairman

Passionate about Africa’s potential and bridging the digital divide in Africa by bringing equitable internet to poor communities, Alan is the Founder of Project Isizwe. Alan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and an entrepreneur who has 20+ years of experience in the telecommunications, media & technology sectors. He has founded 7 companies, including Herotel, a wireless & fibre internet service provider operating across 500 towns in South Africa. He was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He was included in “100 Choiseul Africa", a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb. He has been nominated by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top eleven entrepreneurs changing the African landscape. Alan has published nine books and is the author of several viral articles, including Don’t Panic(2008), Mobinomics: Mxit and Africa’s mobile revolution (2012), Reasons for Optimism (2019), Connected: A Brief History of Global Telecommunications (2020), South Africa Might Get Lucky, arguing that the future of South Africa is bright and that entrepreneurs will save the world.

Steve Briggs
Chief Executive Officer

Steve has 20+ years of experience in Telecoms, Banking & Digital Payments. He is the former Chief Operating Officer at iBurst, a national wireless internet service provider. Additionally, he has held the positions of managing executive at Vodacom SA, founder and CEO of ARC Telecoms, and senior executive at Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank.

Chris Meintjes
Financial Director

Chris is a qualified CA(SA) and CFA with 20+ years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Chris previously co-founded GemCap, a technology-focused private equity fund.

Marna Van Deventer
Chief Financial Officer

Marna is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years of experience in various commercial enterprises. Her expertise and commercial intuition enable her to identify and manage financial and other success drivers while ensuring that the books balance.

Cornelius Greyling
Co-founder & CTO

Cornelius leads Isizwe from a technology perspective and is the founder of VulaCoin, our blockchain-based micropayment solution. He has gained extensive experience building software solutions for real-world problems and is skilled in bridging the gap between business needs and software. Cornelius has 7+ years of experience leading teams tackling problems across the globe.

Keagan Stokoe
Co-founder & COO

Keagan previously worked as a software engineer building AI & ML systems for global water utilities. In recent years, he has worked with multiple organisations to deliver technology-driven educational solutions to urban townships, where internet access was always a problem. Keagan is passionate about using novel solutions to make internet more accessible and unlock the near-infinite potential that comes with it.

Advisors

Cobus Venter
Strategic Advisor

Cobus is a senior economist and research manager at the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University. He is a previous executive director of Econex and a consulting macroeconomist to most South African telecommunications companies, a seed investor in Herotel, and has 20+ years of industry experience. Cobus has invaluable knowledge in creating a trusted platform.

Connecting the next billion

We’re connecting a billion people in emerging markets around the world. Join us in deploying a scalable, real-world solution to provide internet access as a basic need.

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