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PluxNet – Bridging the digital divide, empowering communities, and making sure no one is left behind

 ·30 Apr 2024

PluxNet is an internet service provider focused on connecting underserved communities. Its goal is to provide internet access and bridge the digital divide in South Africa.

It recognises that access to high-speed internet is crucial for education, communication, and economic empowerment, which is why PluxNet has made it its mission to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital revolution.

PluxNet’s commitment to bridging the digital divide is evident in its strategic approach. It doesn’t simply target affluent suburbs; it is a provider for all.

Its mission takes PluxNet to the heart of underserved communities grappling with social and economic challenges like unemployment and limited access to resources.

This journey began in Finetown, Orange Farm, a low-income area riddled with crime and high unemployment rates.

These conditions did not deter PluxNet from recognising the potential for internet access to transform lives in this community.

It has deployed its first fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network, laying the infrastructure needed for a more connected Finetown.

During this deployment, PluxNet experienced a few challenges – including its bakkie being hijacked – but that did not stop its work, as PluxNet’s commitment to connecting the Finetown community remained its number one goal.

“Our lives have truly changed with this fibre, especially for my grandchildren,” said Nomsa Mthembu, one of the beneficiaries of PluxNet’s Finetown network.

“They now do their schoolwork and can watch their favourite movies without any challenges. We’re grateful for this transformation.”

Beyond the cables – social responsibility at the core

PluxNet’s vision extends far beyond simply laying cables and connecting people. It understands that true empowerment comes from a holistic approach.

A great example of this is Ithuba-Lethu High School, which has maintained a 100% matric pass rate, is among Gauteng’s top schools, and is a beacon of education serving underprivileged students in Finetown.

PluxNet’s intervention addressed a critical challenge – load-shedding – and its generous donation of a solar and inverter solution ensuring that the school remained operational even during power cuts.

It also equipped Ithuba-Lethu High School with a state-of-the-art CCTV security system, enhancing the safety of students and staff.

However, the most transformative element of PluxNet’s contribution is the establishment of free Wi-Fi hotspots within the school.

This empowers students to access online learning resources, bridging the knowledge gap and fostering a more enriching educational experience.

Financial backing for a brighter future

PluxNet’s dedication to making a positive impact extends beyond mere technical prowess and philanthropic gestures.

By recognising the pivotal role that Ithuba-Lethu High School plays in shaping the destinies of underprivileged youth in Finetown, PluxNet demonstrated a profound commitment to equitable access to education.

Its generous donation of R100,000 symbolises financial support and embodies a belief in the transformative power of education.

This substantial contribution directly empowers Ithuba-Lethu High School to enhance the quality of education it provides and to bridge the gap between underprivileged students and their more advantaged peers.

With these funds, the school can invest in crucial resources, modern teaching aids, and infrastructure improvements, ensuring every student receives a nurturing and enriching learning experience.

PluxNet’s support levels the playing field, granting these deserving students access to the same opportunities and tools that are readily available in more affluent educational institutions.

By investing in Ithuba-Lethu High School, PluxNet is investing in the future of Finetown’s youth, empowering them to unlock their full potential and pursue their dreams with confidence.

This act of generosity not only transforms individual lives but also uplifts entire communities, fostering a brighter and more equitable future for all.

Expressing gratitude for the support received, Mr N Dhanda, the principal of Ithuba Lethu Secondary School, emphasised the significance of Pluxnet’s contribution.

“We are truly appreciative of the generosity shown by the Pluxnet company. Support for township schools is often limited, making this gesture all the more significant,” said Dhanda.

“Our students come from challenging backgrounds, yet they are determined to succeed. We look forward to maintaining our partnership with Pluxnet as we strive for excellence.”

From Finetown to Nobuhle Hostel in Alexandra – going where no one has gone before

The success story in Finetown serves as a powerful testament to PluxNet’s dedication to bridging the digital divide. But PluxNet’s vision doesn’t stop at the borders of one community.

Taking on a new challenge, PluxNet set its sights on connecting the infamous Nobuhle hostel in Alexandra, a previously unconnected community often marred by negative stereotypes.

It did this by bringing high-speed fibre internet to Nobuhle, providing connectivity and fostering a platform for positive change. Nobuhle hostel is the first hostel to have high speed fibre connectivity.

This initiative demonstrates Pluxnet’s unwavering belief that even the most marginalised communities deserve access to the internet’s transformative potential.

A call to action – tech giants, lend a hand

PluxNet acknowledges that its journey requires collaboration.

As a result, PluxNet is issuing a compelling call to action, urging major global tech companies like Meta, Google, Microsoft, X, and TikTok to join their efforts.

Imagine the impact if these tech giants, who benefit immensely from user engagement, were to partner with PluxNet to establish free Wi-Fi hotspots in these newly connected communities.

Such collaboration would not only empower residents but also create a more inclusive digital landscape.

The call for partnership extends beyond tech giants.

PluxNet invites JSE-listed businesses, whose products are used immensely in these communities, to work hand-in-hand so that we can attempt to turn the dream of “connectivity for all” into a tangible reality.

PluxNet’s story is more than just a chronicle of technological innovation; it’s a compelling narrative of social responsibility.

Its unwavering commitment to empowering underserved communities through internet access, educational support, and financial aid serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to join the fight for a more inclusive digital future.

As PluxNet continues to connect communities across South Africa, one fibre optic cable at a time, we can all be inspired by its dedication to building a more connected tomorrow where we all have an equal chance of harnessing the transformative power of the internet.

PluxNet, a Johannesburg ISP, is more than just an internet provider. Driven by a mission of digital equality, it bridges the divide by deploying advanced fibre optics and fostering social responsibility.

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