We’re tackling this problem because we’re uniquely positioned to do so. With over 100 years of combined experience in working to connect people in emerging markets, Isizwe understands what is required to roll out fast, uncapped, affordable, and ubiquitously available internet.
At least ten megabytes per second, increasing over time. Slow internet is more frustrating than no internet. This speed is sufficient for most internet activities.
Capped and uncapped internet access are different products. Give someone one gigabyte of data and they’ll think twice before streaming Netflix.
The cost of uncapped internet should be no more than c.USD$0.34 per day, available on a Pay-as-you-Go model.
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.
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.
Linda is a Chartered Accountant (CA(SA)) and a CFA Charterholder. Linda has experience in working with start-up tech businesses as well as family and corporate enterprises - her experience expands from capital raising, corporate finance, investment analysis and strategy development. Linda has over 12 years’ experience in the industry across the African continent.
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 has a diverse background having transitioned from the legal world into a role as a software engineer working on AI & ML systems for global water utilities. He has previously worked to deliver educational solutions in urban townships.
Martin has an honours degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He has been building and selling software since the age of 13 and has continued working on his passion ever since, giving him 15 years of experience. Martin comes with broad experience and deep knowledge, having founded and started Avocado Chocolate, a global software development house.
Darrel completed a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology that focused on Software Development and multiple other certifications. He is currently pursuing another Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Applied Mathematics and Physics. He has extensive experience building software and is leading the development of the Isizwe platform.
Neill is co-founder and lead engineer on VulaCoin, the blockchain-based micropayment wallet that sits at the heart of the Isizwe network. Neill has 8+ years of experience in successfully building and deploying software solutions and is a seasoned open source contributor.
Yaliwe has established her presence in the tech sector by becoming the South African ecosystem lead at cLabs working on Celo. She is the chairwoman of the United Africa Blockchain Association (Uaba) and founder of Essence Crypto Consultants and United Africa Women in Blockchain. She is recognised globally as a speaker, participating in various speaking events to raise awareness about the opportunities in blockchain technology.
Steve has 20+ years of experience in telecommunications, banking and digital payments. Steve has previously held positions as Chief Operating Officer at iBurst, a national wireless internet service provider, managing executive at Vodacom SA, founder and CEO of ARC Telecoms and senior executive at Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank. This experience across the telecommunications sector gives Steve the perspective necessary to advise on the successful deployment of Isizwe internet networks.
Rich is passionate about narrowing the digital divide across middle and lower-income communities. With 15+ years of experience in telecommunications, and previously Chief Commercial Officer of Herotel, Rich is currently the founder & CEO of Paygozo, a township prepaid internet service provider.
Wesley is a seasoned entrepreneur and growth hacker with notable success in the crypto-verse when leading one of Africa’s first crypto crowdsourcing raises in 2018, which hit its hard cap. Wesley has also built multiple market-leading businesses in Fintech, FMCG Tech and EdTech on the continent and comes with vast experience working in emerging markets.
Matthew has a background in digital marketing and previously co-founded a digital marketing agency that grew rapidly and focused on building the brands of South African start-ups. He has been a consultant and external marketing director for selected clients and an advisor on the successful BlockMesh ICO, which hit its hard cap and created a cost-free communications solution that sent messages on a Bluetooth network in Southern Africa.
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.
David is a growth-focused leader with expertise in starting, growing and leading companies across a variety of domains. Serial entrepreneur and founder of UCOOK, the dinner-kit delivery service that grew from a garage in Cape Town to an acquisition of $12 million. David will be advising on strategic partnerships, go-to-market and growing the Isizwe brand.