NEW: Bulilima community gets digital access

04 Dec, 2021 - 14:12 0 Views
NEW: Bulilima community gets digital access

The Sunday Mail

Online Reporter

THE Bulilima community will now have enhanced access to digital services, following the setting up of a base station at Nopemano, Maitengwe Village in Matabeleland South province.

Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere, said the new base station will cater for the community’s population of 15 000.

“The Bulilima community will now easily access e-government services such as applications for passports, marriage certificates, national identity cards and birth certificates which will all be a click away,” said Dr Muswere, during the commissioning of the base station on Friday.

“The digital solutions provided will facilitate e-learning for more than 7 schools including an improved classroom management system.

“The community will also benefit from e-commerce activities through improved business engagement and connectivity at Bezha, Khame, Ndolwane, Madlamzudzi and Ntoli as well as Tokwana Clinic among other surrounding areas.”

Government is accelerating the digitisation of previously underserved communities, in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1), which seeks to provide information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital access at the village level.

According to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz), Zimbabwe requires about 250 base stations.

“On our part as Potraz, we are funding the tower relocation project, which will see all co-located towers being redeployed such that each site remains with only one shared tower,” said Potraz director-general Dr Gift Machengete.

“With such a project complementing the NetOne Mobile Broadband Project, I see communication challenges ending in most parts of the country very soon.”

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