Councillor keeps election campaign promise for free data

Councillor keeps election campaign promise for free data

Worrying about data to do research for his assignments has become a thing of the past for accounting student Sabelo Moletsane.

This after ward 36 councillor Itumeleng Makoloane of Botshabelo, in the Free State, kept his promise to ensure that residents get WiFi.

During his campaign ahead of the local government elections, Makoloane promised residents that he would get them Wi-Fi and he has delivered, ensuring that 5,000 households are connected — from his own pocket.

Speaking to Sowetan, Makoloane, 34, said the installation cost R40,000 and he spends R1,000 monthly for unlimited data for residents in sections W and U which fall under his ward.

Itumeleng Makoloane who installed free Wi-Fi for his community.
Itumeleng Makoloane who installed free Wi-Fi for his community.
Image: Michael Tlhakudi
“I would often watch as young people, students in particular, struggle to access information because purchasing data was too expensive for them. I sat on daily and wondered how I can help young people in my community. Once I got nominated for the councillor position, I knew right there that is the position that would help to achieve my goal in helping them.

“In my campaign, I promised them free Wi-Fi and they looked at me and said, ‘there goes another politician with empty promises’. Little did they know that at the beginning of January I would actually go head and deliver on my promise,” Malokoane said.

He said after he took up his new role, he started making inquiries and was told it would cost him R100,000 to keep residents connected for the next five years — while he’s in office.

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Malokoane said as his peers were busy flaunting luxury cars, he invested in his community, the youth in particular. “There are lots of graduates, varsity and college students who battle to access relevant information that would better their studies and lives,” said Makoloane, a married father of two who lives in Section U.

Moletsane, a student at Central University of Technology who resides at Section U, praised Makolaone for providing them with an opportunity to empower themselves.

“I no longer stress about data. I’m now able to do research and do assignments without worrying about data. My mother used to buy me night surfer data that would make me sleep in the early hours of the morning and still have to wake up early to attend class. This Wi-Fi certainly helps me a great deal,” he said.

Another beneficiary, Prince Masango, a pupil at Lefikeng Secondary School, said: “We are given lots of school work, some requires research. We are delighted that we don’t have to worry about connection. It’s now easy,” he said.

Unemployed Mpho Mokoena, who graduated in 2019, said the Wi-Fi has given her hope of finding a job as she is able to surf the internet any time.

Makoloane, who intends to complete his business and economics degree with the University of SA, is an ANC branch deputy secretary and district organiser of the SA Communist Party in Mangaung.

He said he drew inspiration from the deputy speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli, who he worked with in the ANC parliament constituency office in Botshabelo.

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