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Meet Alan Knott-Craig (Jnr), the man aiming to spread FREE Wi-Fi across Africa

2 September 2015 7:56 PM

Former Mxit CEO Alan Knott-Craig (Jnr) on his life and his ambitious plans to get all of Africa connected for cheap (or free!).

Also read the following related article:

* New firm to provide cheap wireless broadband to households and small businesses

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr is the founder and CEO of Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation facilitating the roll-out of free Wi-Fi networks across Africa.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr is the Executive Chairman of Herotel, a brand-new firm providing fast, reliable wireless broadband at affordable rates.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr was the CEO of Mxit at the time when it was Africa’s largest social network.

Technology entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig Jnr was niche, high-end online newspaper Daily Maverick's first investor.

In 2008 Alan Knott-Craig Jnr wrote a best-selling book, entitled “Don’t Panic”, aimed at persuading South Africans to stay in the country.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Knott-Craig (Jnr).

Whitfield also played a clip of listener Dominique, Alan’s former assistant, who phoned in on 17 April 2009 when he resigned from iBurst.

Scroll down to listen to the audio (or watch the video).

I knew I hit the big-time when I made it into Huisgenoot!

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Loadshedding is temporary!

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Mxit is still far and away the biggest app to come out of Africa. Unfortunately, WhatsApp came and ate the lunch.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Daily Maverick is cooking! It’s the most exciting non-profit in the world! That’s a joke.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Project Isizwe aims to make internet access viewed in the same way as water and electricity.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

By 2017 everyone in the City of Tshwane will be walking distance from free Wi-Fi.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

It’s Government’s duty to make the internet available to everyone in South Africa.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

There’s no reason that, by 2020, we won’t have universal internet access in South Africa.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Wi-Fi is not dangerous. The whole of America – where you get sued for spilling hot coffee - is covered in Wi-Fi.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

It may look like I’m working hard, but whenever I get kicked out of a company I slow down.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

Almost every problem we’re facing in South Africa can be solved with the clever use of technology.

Alan Knott-Craig Jnr

2 September 2015 7:56 PM

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