Free Wi-Fi internet set to further enhance bustling Greenmarket Square precinct

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For an initial six months only, Capetonians can enjoy free wireless internet at South Africa’s oldest public space, Greenmarket Square. In a unique collaboration between Cape Town Partnership and Skyrove, the premium Wi-Fi hotspot provider, locals will now have access to 10MB’s of free internet daily.

The free wireless internet will be a welcome addition to Greenmarket Square’s newly developed residential community, their revamped retail area and their outdoor marketplace. “Businesses on Greenmarket Square will see a significant increase in the number of people lingering in their establishments, as more locals will schedule meetings outside of the office – or linger over coffee – while they enjoy wireless internet in the cosmopolitan bustle of this 300-year old heritage space”, says Henk Kleynhans, CEO of Skyrove.

Says Kleynhans, “The influx of visitors to popular tourist locations during the 2010 World Cup will be significant and we wanted to ensure that we could accommodate even the most tech-savvy soccer revellers and possibly enhance the attractiveness of the precinct”.
“As we constantly strive to make Cape Town a valuable resource for both cultural and creative inspiration, Skyrove’s proposition has assisted us to strengthen our positioning as a creative hub,” says Cape Town Partnership Senior Project Manager Terri Carter. She continues, “We hope to roll out similar projects around the city very soon”.

The City of Cape Town has spent over R18 million on the upgrade of Greenmarket Square. The first phase saw the granite cobbles, laid in 1965, lifted and cleaned before being rearranged at new levels to accommodate surrounding restaurants. In addition, CCTV cameras and pedestrian lights were installed, new bollards, benches and signs were added, as well as the sidewalks paved. The roof of the ablution facility is being transformed into a stage which will allow for special events such as lunchtime concerts which will further enhance business in the Square.

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  1. Colin Stevens says

    I hope the Wifi will work in the best little coffee shop in Cape Town – the Scotch Coffee Shop in the garden behind The Iziko Old Town House Museum – the oldest building on the square. If the museum attendants are rude to you, just go to the Burg St side entrance to the garden and coffee shop. I will test the wifi tomorrow and am holding thumbs.

  2. Michael says

    Finally, people were waiting for that because it is very important in such places. Very good and glad to hear that.

  3. Laura says

    @Rafa I completely agree, wifi in the townships should totally be introduced. There are smaller towns where this has been done, for eg Grahamstown where iRhini (the local township) has been made into a wifi hotspot, thanks to a Rhodes University project.

  4. Steve says

    A whole 10 megs? My laptop uses that checking for updates when I switch it on.

  5. elias says

    its such an old picture of the square

  6. forex robot says

    What a great resource!

  7. Rafa says

    I can imagine the City Centre having several wi-fi spots provided by the City and private companies to attract young and old.

    These wi-fi spots would be great in townships too.

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