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CEO Announcement

Thato Mfikwe


Dear members, followers, beneficiaries and stakeholders of SOWUG,

We are pleased to share the news that the SOWUG Board of Directors has elected Mr. Thato Mfikwe to become SOWUG’s CEO effective of 8th of December 2015. The election of Thato represents the culmination of a process to see SOWUG as the leading Wi-Fi provider in rural and township areas across the country.

With the organisation growing at a rapid pace we needed to have a CEO that can help position the organisation, improve stakeholder communications and scale up the impact of the organisation, while enabling global reach and impact. Mr. Thato Mfikwe’s appointment as the CEO is a move in the right direction in terms of addressing matters that are close to the organisation and social needs within communities that we currently serve by bringing them high quality services, innovative programs on a international perspective and partnerships.

Mr. Thato Mfikwe comes with his current role as Co-Founder/Treasurer of SOWUG and experienced entrepreneur, that has been privileged to attend the US State IVLP - International Visitor’s Leadership Programme 2015 program that has equipped and enhanced his innovative and entrepreneurial skills and capabilities that will take the organisation to the next level of social and economic transformation through ICT Development.

He is a qualified financial accountant from Tshwaane University of Technology, certified in Project Management, Strategic Management and Leadership and knowledgeable in New venture Creation and Market research and analysis.

He has also worked with South African Graduates Development Association (SAGDA), responsible for graduate programmes working closely on Umsobomvu Youth Fund. He worked with Proctor and Gamble (SA) as assistant market researcher for South and East Africa and was a member of youth Parliament in 2006/2007. Currently is a community activist.

We invite you to join us in welcoming Mr. Thato Mfikwe as our new CEO at SOWUG, you can share your thoughts with us on SOWUG’s Facebook Page @SOWUG or via Twitter @Mfikwet16.

SEDA Entrepreneurship Day 2015

We were given the opportunity to pressent at the SEDA Entrepreneurship Day 2015. Mr. Thato Mfikwe gave a talk on ICT and utilizing technology as a competitive edge. He also shared on his experiences during the IVLP programme that was held in the United States of America.


Women Hackers Unite Hackathon

This hackathon is about assembling women software developers or hackers from South Africa and other African countries to unite in solving humanity problems, specifically problems affecting women through technology.

GRAND PRIZE of R150,000.00

The hackathon will run for 72 hours non-stop

Date: 25-27 August 2015
Venue: East London IDZ
Block D
Lower Chester Road
East London

To RSVP and for more information visit -

Woolworths job opportunities

Woolworths is currently recruiting Till Operators, Replenishers, Merchandisers, Interactive Assistants and Visual Merchandisers.

A grade 12 certificate is required for the above mentioned vacant posts.

Email your CV's to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 0214079306.

Soweto Biz StartUP 100 Program

We are proud to announce a program to help 100 Sowetans start their own business. This is made possible through a joint venture between the City of Johannesburg, SowetoBizLink, SowetoBizOnline, and Business Maestros.

Sowetans are invited to partake in a competition to select the best of the best. The participants will be selected in two catagories, namely new businesses, and existing businesses, these will be subdivided into Small Business, Franchised Businesses and Entrepreneurial Businesses. Entrepreneurial Businesses are businesses aimed at growing to become very large businesses. Application closing date - 30th June 2015. | Apply Today!

DNS Security Workshop

The Internet Society Gauteng Chapter in collaboration with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is pleased to invite you to attend a hands-on DNS/DNSSEC training workshop presented by two of the world's renowned authority experts in the field.

Secure Your Place

SOWUG Exhibition at NASREC

Today marks the last exhibition day at NASREC by SOWUG. We had a stall up with SIDC and other partners. At the exhibition we got a chance to showcase how the Wi-Fi network works and meet a lot of young people that are earger to work with us.

Wi-Fi Installation in Jabulani

The Sowug installation team has succesfully installed an access point at Jabulani flats that will service users that are within the 4 killometer radius. The connection offers free Wi-Fi for registered users, up to 250MB. On the network there are free sites and portals that the users can visit without using up or buying data.

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