Shining the light on Township Tech

The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) through the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn is working in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism on a project to build capability and strengthen entrepreneurial technology solutions in the townships.


“There is an amazing problem-solving ability within township entrepreneurs and CiTi is committed to supporting township technologists to ignite some creative technology solutions,” says CiTi CEO, Ian Merrington.


The focus area of the project is to support local tech startups, as well as neighbourhood development projects and initiatives, with technology solutions to challenges faced in the townships.  While startups will gain exposure to international best practice,  private sector investors will gain an opportunity to invest in the startups participating in the project.


“We will create platforms for tech startups to engage, share ideas, challenges and opportunities and collaborate on solutions that works,” says Fezeka Mavuso, General Manager of the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, based in Lookout Hill.


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Fiona Tabraham

Fiona Tabraham is a strategic workforce development expert with a career founded on a resolute commitment to inclusivity, talent nurturing, and societal impact. Chief Executive of CAPACITI Digital Career Accelerator, Fiona’s passion for equity has charted pathways across numerous organisations, guiding bespoke Talent Initiatives, Future Leadership Development Programs, and transformative Career Pathway Development. Her tenure at Network Rail bore inclusive talent strategies, STEM advocacy, and innovative Graduate, Apprentice, and Internship initiatives. A trusted partner to a number of governmental, corporate and impact driven entities, Fiona empowers individuals and organisations, fostering diverse recruitment practices and innovative talent strategies. Fiona’s impact transcends the tech sector, positioning her as a leading voice for inclusive digital career initiatives.