Project Isizwe
Project Isizwe
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Project Isizwe

Isizwe means "people" or "nation" in many African languages. It is a universal term to show togetherness. We call ourselves Isizwe because we want to bring all of Africa together, and then all of Africa to the world. We do this through connectivity & education. 

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Project Isizwe is the non-profit branch of the company behind R5 WiFi in Africa, Isizwe. We are an award-winning, non-profit organisation which works with the public and private sector to bring affordable public WiFi internet access to low-income communities across South Africa.

We facilitate and enable the deployment of public internet WiFi hotspots within walking distance in low-income communities for educational purposes, economic development and social inclusion. The best means of addressing inequality in our communities is the deployment of public -or privately funded public WiFi in low-income communities.



During 2013 Alan re-committed to his path: bridging the digital divide, but more realistic about dreams translating to cashflow.

He also realized that the only way to truly fair internet market is one where superfast internet is affordable to all South Africans, not just those of us living in leafy suburbs.

Hence the birth of Project Isizwe, an NGO that helps municipalities to provide free WiFi in low-income communities.



Alan Knott-Craig has been awarded the following:

  • Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009.
  • Forbes top 10 young African millionaires to watch in 2013.
  • Top 100 young African business leaders in 2014

In April 2008, he published Don’t Panic, based on an e-maiL he sent to his staff aimed at persuading South Africans to stay in the country and contribute positively. The book became the best selling book in South Africa for 2008.

This was followed in 2012 by Mobinomics: Mxit and South Africa’s Mobile Revolution which he co-authored with Gus Silber.

Really, Don’t Panic and Moenie Stres nie a follow-up of Don’t Panic was published in 2014.

In 2015 he co-authored So, You Want To Be A Hero, a collection of essays, tips and cartoons targeted at young people looking to fast track their careers.


Project Isizwe Facts:

64900 Users Per Day

65950 Gigabytes Per Day

12 800 000 Rands Saved p.m

23 Businesses Created


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Alan Knott-Craig