Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn
Welcome to Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, the first township tech hub in South Africa established in 2016.
Located at Lookout Hill in Cape Town, we are the anchor of UVU Africa’s township technology innovation cluster. Our mission is to empower people in Khayelitsha and surrounding townships with the skills and platforms to benefit from the digital economy and 4th industrial revolution.
Our tech ecosystem is rapidly growing and broadening in scope, reaching neighbouring and connected communities. We are committed to catalysing progress with our unique programme offerings designed to increase funding and impact. Our model has proven to be impactful in supporting township-based entrepreneurs and small businesses to use technology and innovation to grow, as well as providing basic digital literacy programmes.
Explore Our Impact
township-based entrepreneurs supported through light touch interventions
informal traders trained in smart technology
computer lab space available for training and events
At Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn, we are dedicated to supporting more communities in the country exponentially.
We are also well-positioned to act as a funnel for the skills pipeline, ensuring maximum participation of township youth in other programmes, including bespoke acceleration programmes and advanced digital skills training. So far, we have supported over 3,000 township-based entrepreneurs and trained over 500 informal traders in smart technology.
To design and create future-fit, inclusive societies by building the innovation ecosystem, providing digital skills training, and developing entrepreneurial skills and businesses through technology. We invite you to join us on this journey towards a brighter, more inclusive future.
Space in the heart of Khayelitsha
The Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn is a functional, safe space where innovators and entrepreneurs can come together to solve problems and build businesses.
To book the event space, meeting pods, training centre, or arrange a tour of the facilities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn has a deep understanding of what services and support are needed within our communities
To ensure that ecosystem activities and programmes provide value and growth, an annual Sector Intelligence Report:
Township Tech is produced and
available to partners and stakeholders.
Programmes & Outcomes
The reality in South Africa is that there is a digital divide that hinders optimal economic inclusion in previously disadvantaged communities. The lack of these basic skills limits the abilities of entrepreneurs and individuals to compete with their counterparts and access the online markets. We carefully crafted the interventions below to make the biggest impact in our communities and bring more people into the digital economy.
Youth in Business Ideation Bootcamp
We support new entrepreneurs through a 10-day entrepreneurial ideation bootcamp, developed to help them think through their business concepts and provide them with the necessary steps to start their business. The 2-weeks bootcamp-style programme takes place from Monday – Friday (09:00 – 15:00), and the aspiring entrepreneurs are expected to participate in all the sessions where they work through a variety of activities designed to clarify, discuss, and apply the key concepts and information needed to succeed.
We provide professional mentorship matching to support entrepreneurs with business mentorship in a critical stage of their early journey. These mentors are equipped with insight specifically relating to helping entrepreneurs based in the townships.
The TownshipTech hackathon and pitch competition is a highlight on the calendar for the last 3 years. Sponsors come together, and we engage with funders and stakeholders on problem statements – ask entrepreneurs and developers to come up with innovative ideas to solve these complex problems. Bespoke hackathons on relevant problem statements are hosted as and when required.
We allow startups and new entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas to a group of judges, receive feedback on their ideas, and stand the chance to win some prize money, mentorship, and support. Pitch competitions are a great way to see what exciting entrepreneurs and businesses are developing within the ecosystem. These competitions are a great tool to see what innovative ideas are coming from the entrepreneurs of the future.
Digital Citizen Programme
The Digital Citizen Literacy programme is a fully funded programme that focuses on upskilling young people aged 18-34 years, who reside in Khayelitsha and its surroundings. The purpose of this programme is to provide basic computer and digital skills.
Service Centre Project
There is potential to bring work closer to the people by developing a digital/tech-based service center, located at the Bandwidth Barn (Lookout Hill). Two separate pilot projects were launched with great success where newly digitally skilled candidates provide support in a service center model to township entrepreneurs. The candidates gain valuable experience and can build their portfolio of evidence, and township-based businesses have access to a service that was not available to them on-site.
Monthly events are hosted both in Khayelitsha and Woodstock and are open to entrepreneurs, investors, and the larger ecosystem. Web3, Biotech, Edtech specific, as well as compliance, marketing master classes, and a variety of other thematic events are hosted to
support learning, networking and
Meet Some of Our Participants!
“Today, I am in a financial position to play a part in my family’s well-being and participate in the economy.”
- Lamla Mtyoki
“The best experience. My time at CAPACITI helped in both my personal and career development.”
- Thato Phoku
“Challenging, enjoyable, life-changing experience with CAPACITI.”
- Siphamandla Masuku
Become a Partner of Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn and support the future of youth and entrepreneurship in South Africa. You can become involved by:
Reach out to Marietjie Engelbrecht, UVU Group Head
of Marketing, Ecosystem & Township Economy at:
if you want to collaborate or support the work we do at the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn.