TechInAfrica – On the first day of November this year, the rural communities of KZN will be welcomed with a mobile network that caters to their needs. Named Bayede Mobile, it is an initiative helmed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, who wishes to actively take part in providing network solution for the community.
“I want to be part of a movement that helps provide an affordable solution for the poor and marginalized in their use of technology, allowing them the opportunity to connect and empower themselves,” says Zwelithini, who already runs several businesses under the “Bayede” name, including entities operating in the fields of property, wine, and tourism.
The network’s initial target would be Kwa-Zulu Natal’s rural towns and villages, but they hope that it would extend beyond KZN to other provinces, as told by Jane Nkadimang, the Director of Bayede Mobile. She also elaborated on the fresh concept the project brings for Africa, and how the profits are carried, and how they will give back to the community for the profits made.
“This project is one of its kind and we hope to launch it by November 1 this year with a limited number of rural communities as subscribers to the network,” said Nkadimang. “We will soon have marketing activations in various villages and towns in KZN. We encourage communities to come together and form social groupings so that they can benefit. And the best thing is that whatever profit that we make will be ploughed back to the community through various community development projects such as clinics and learning centers.”
Offering affordable flat rate to customers, the network will operate as an MVNO on Cell C and MTN’s network, while information on pricing is still undisclosed. Foreign pharmaceutical companies are considering to join the project, such as the ones in India, according to Zwelithini, to which he believed, would strengthen the ties between the Zulu people and the Indian community.
“Bayede Mobile is a groundbreaking project not only for the benefit of the Zulus but South Africa as a whole,” says Zwelithini. “In the near future, I hope to bring on board other investors interested in uplifting rural community.”