We believe that a robust Internet ecosystem is a crucial component in African countries and communities realising their potential. Access to the Internet can empower individuals and societies, helping them connect, learn, trade or transact and explore the neighbouring town or the other side of the world. Internet connectivity enables development, innovation, entrepreneurship and entertainment by sharing knowledge, information and content.

To help fast-track the positive socio-economic impact of Internet access, we provide reliable Internet connectivity to a number of initiatives that focus on training, education and development.

  • We have sponsored high-speed Internet access for tech incubators and entrepreneurial hubs such as Cape Town Garage and WeThinkCode.
  • More than 15,000 learners have benefitted from our partnership with South African NGO Afrika Tikkun.
  • Every year, we partner with the AFRINIC (the Regional Internet Registry for Africa) to hold the renowned IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management (INRM) courses.
  • In 2018, we launched WomenTechConnect at AfPIF with our co-sponsor, the London Internet Exchange (LINX).
  • In 2015, we established the first South African Peering Forum (ZAPF). Since its inception, ZAPF has grown into a well-respected annual event, sponsored and supported by leading industry players.
  • In East Africa, Workonline established a Beers4Engineers initiative to encourage greater collaborative learning among network engineers.
  • Another example of our commitment to the development of Africa’s Internet Ecosystem is the Workonline Tour.  So far, the tour has travelled to the USA and Europe, visiting campuses of some of the industry’s leading players, enabling participants to share ideas with some of the best minds in the business.

Our experts are not afraid to share their brainpower and experience at industry gatherings and events. Whether it’s a five-day hands-on training hackathon on BGP routing, or an informal Network Operator Group (NOG) meeting to discuss IPv6, the Workonline team is willing, able and present to help lead the development of Africa’s Internet Ecosystem.

Should you have a project you would like us to support, please contact bizdev@workonline.africa.