Sammy Marks marketing manager Caley May and Lemok Agency chief executive Lebogang Mokubela during The Hub launch at Sammy Marks Square.Picture: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency (ANA)
ENTREPRENEURS and students in the city have one less thing to worry about following the successful launch of an internet “networking haven” at Sammy Marks Square in the CBD.

The centre, known as the The Hub, is a space for students, bloggers and entrepreneurs from various industry backgrounds to co-work, which offers three hours of uncapped wi-fi at no cost whatsoever.

And better yet, anyone who goes there can surf the net in a safe and secure space.

And when they launched their centre and opened it up to inner city users, organisers brought out the champagne and good food, declaring the space, located on the second floor at Sammy Marks Square, an intimate spot, and they presented it as a relaxing place, tastefully decorated in bright purple and greens, stylish pallet furniture and bean bags which offer a relaxed ambience for maximum productivity.

They said wi-fi signal would always be available, even beyond the room and into the surrounding Sammy Marks Square, and can be used comfortably by the 30 people who can be accommodated inside at a time.

Soshanguve-based business Lemok Digital Agency assisted Sammy Marks Square in launching The Hub.

Sammy Marks Square marketing manager Caley May said many entrepreneurs and freelancers from Pretoria spent their time in restaurants for the luxury of having a working space as well as accessing free internet. Uncapped wi-fi was not limited to doing business only, she said, “it is also for applying for jobs or bursaries and completing assignments”.

She said free uncapped wi-fi would be offered during shopping hours, to give people in the vicinity added value.

“These can be rather difficult places to hold meetings, and wi-fi is usually limited. Spaces where young dreamers can work and have access to quality free internet are essential in the development of the City of Tshwane.”

May said the initiative came to Tshwane after being well received in Boulders, Midrand, where she is also the marketing manager.

“It’s no secret that the internet has become an integral part of our lives and we are heavily reliant on it for maximum progression.”

Echoing her sentiments was Lemok Digital Agency chief executive Lebogang Mokubela, who said the stress of the restaurant experience with limited data and a distractive environment was a thing of the past.

He was aware of the major expenses young business owners had to stress over, like the telephone, internet and rental costs.

“The internet is an essential part of our everyday lives and the high costs of data pose a challenge to those who require the internet to make a living,” he said.

The Hub will be open on weekdays from 9am to 4pm to help locals to hustle in style and invest in themselves.