De Beers Partners With Local Institutions to Provide Free Wifi to Young People

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De Beers Partners With Local Institutions to Provide Free Wifi to Young People

A partnership involving De Beers Group has brought free wifi to the Oppenheimer Park in Kimberley to help scores of young South Africans without access to the internet.

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A partnership involving De Beers Group has brought free wifi to the Oppenheimer Park in Kimberley to help scores of young South Africans without access to the internet.

The wifi coverage is sponsored by De Beers Group, the Sol Plaatje University and the Sol Plaatje local municipality. It will also take in the nearby Luka Jantjie university building and the Northern Cape TVET [Technical and Vocational Education and Training] College.

De Beers Group invested more than R300,000 on the infrastructure of the project. Corporate Affairs Manager Abel Madonsela said the company was excited to be on board as a partner.

“This is an opportunity for us to ensure that people have access to information, globalisation, education and access to being creative, especially students,” he said.

The free wifi will enable young people – and others without access to online data – to search for work or apply to educational institutions. 

About De Beers
De Beers is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers are committed to ‘Building Forever’ by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers, visit www.debeersgroup.com.

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