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“This is one way in which we can invest in our future generation of leaders,” says Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa (26 April 2021) – South African Internet Service Provider (ISP), RocketNet, is sponsoring schools in the Western Cape with free high-speed internet to support digital learning and education. Access to fibre internet at the school supports the school in its administrative and teaching functions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to digital economies, and it’s, therefore, more important and more urgent for schools to prepare learners for life and careers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is impossible to do without internet access.

Six schools received the RocketNet fibre installations already. The schools include Laerskool Edleen, Vredelust Primary School, Star College Cape Town, Plumstead High School, Radley College and the Centre for Autism Research & Education. RocketNet partnered with fibre network operators to sponsor each school with fibre internet and speeds of 1000Mbps monthly, free of charge.

“It’s so important in this day and age for scholars to have internet access, yet many of our learners are experiencing obstacles in their educational journeys due to no internet connection. One of the challenges is the prohibitively high cost of data. We are passionate about empowering consumers and playing a role in the communities where we operate to provide access to the internet and help advance ideals, accelerate dreams, and improve lives. This is one way in which we can invest in our future generation of leaders,” says Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet.

This access to the internet has facilitated and supported learning outcomes in a Covid-19 context. The pandemic has impacted the school calendar and reduced on-site learning opportunities, but with high-speed internet, teachers have been able to work from the school to prepare learning material, facilitate online lessons and communicate with children at home.

Mr R. Agulhas, on behalf of Vredelust Primary School, said, “RocketNet, who went out of their way and literally walked and dug the extra mile to ensure that we are able to provide each and every classroom in our school with lightning-fast internet connectivity, has enabled us to take interactive learning to the next level. This helps us adequately prepare our learners with up to date content and academic extension programmes to keep up with the ever-changing world that they find themselves a part of, what some are calling the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Our school’s motto is ‘Work and Build’, and we are proud to do so in partnership with the best Internet Service Provider in South Africa”.

RocketNet recently released an innovative RSS feed that gives customers more control over their internet experience. This update feed is able to check the errors being experienced at any given time by most network operators around the country.

The RSS feed is live in Beta mode and can be accessed from the following link at any time https://rss.rocketnet.co.za.


Sources: RocketNet 
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