NONGOMA – Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuZulu is planning to launch a new mobile network in South Africa next month.
Bayede Mobile will be available to a limited number of rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal.
The network will leverage the existing infrastructure of some of South Africa’s biggest mobile networks.
Director of Bayede Mobile, Jane Nkadimang, said plans to roll out the network were afoot and its services would target people in rural areas.
“This project is one of its kind and we hope to launch it by November 1 this year with a limited number of rural communities as subscribers to the network. In the long run, we hope to roll out the network to other provinces,” said Nkadimang during a Diwali celebration held at the king’s palace of Ondini in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.
The Bayede Group says it will bring reliable connectivity at an affordable flat rate.
King Zwelithini is partnering with the founders of JR Capital, and a well-established Mobile Virtual Network Enabler.
Zwelithini is SA’s most highly financially supported king and has many business interests trading under the name of Bayede, including wine, property and tourism businesses.
According to Sowetanlive, while addressing a strong crowd comprising kings, chiefs, warriors and community members, Zwelithini said Bayede Mobile has been receiving offers from business people abroad who want to partner in the project.
“Bayede Mobile is a groundbreaking project not only for the benefit of the Zulus but South Africa as a whole. In the near future, I hope to bring on board other investors interested in uplifting rural community.