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Lorna Mlonzi

Township Internet Access

The inspiring founder and CEO of Sky Internet SA, Lorna Mlonzi, shares what it takes to bring fast, reliable internet access to township communities.

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Born in Gqeberha and raised in Nyanga East, Lorna Mlonzi understands the joys and the challenges of township life. One of its greatest limitations was revealed to her when she moved back home after enjoying high-speed internet access as a CPUT student living in res.

A Cisco-certified network engineer with a National Diploma in Information Communication Technology (ICT), Lorna worked for telecommunications companies and internet service providers such as Cell C, Vodacom, Dimension Data, RSA Web and Even Flow before fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a business owner.

Sky Internet SA is the product of four years’ research into lower-income households’ connectivity needs and guidance from many industry experts. Lorna believes that internet access is a necessity as basic as water and electricity, and that connectivity has the power to transform township economies and security status.

With the support of overseas investors and a Swedish business partner, Sky Internet SA is live in Nyanga, Langa and Gugulethu with plans to roll out in Khayelitsha, Phillipi and the rest of the Western Cape.


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As a child, Lorna Mlonzi saw her mother running several businesses and was struck by the fact that the same customers will pay you for different services or products. Today, many years later, her township ISP business draws on that same philosophy to retain customers and extend the value they get from their fibre connections.

The founder and CEO of Sky Internet SA shares her belief that internet access is a basic necessity on par with water and electricity, and crucial to breaking down barriers between people and injecting energy into communities.

She unpacks the reality of people imposing limitations on themselves, problems with data access in townships and why you should never leave your bright idea sitting on a table like a potato for someone else to cook.

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This recipe highlights the challenges and opportunities related to doing business in townships, and unpacks the value internet connectivity can unlock in terms of economic growth and improved safety and security.

It is a masterclass in a business model that empowers everyone it touches, shares the immense value inherent in partnerships and illustrates why investing in yourself is critically important for any entrepreneur.

The recipe also has valuable tips for making the transition from the corporate world to being an entrepreneur, and shares a fresh perspective on the mindset needed to prepare yourself for investment.


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