IETSA, ThreeFold partner to build decentralised Internet in South Africa

The Institute of Emerging Technologies of South Africa (IETSA) is partnering with ThreeFold to expand the ThreeFold decentralised Internet across South Africa and offer education in blockchain protocols, decentralised and digital technologies, including the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and extended reality.

IETSA will deploy an autonomous and decentralised ThreeFold-powered Internet infrastructure across its facilities for the purpose of creating a local and sovereign Internet capacity that benefits South African communities, training institutions, organisations and universities. Deploying ThreeFold-powered Internet infrastructure will provide localised, sovereign and affordable Internet capacity for IETSA projects with inclusive benefits to its target communities.

An exciting journey has begun to bring alive the concept of inclusive participation in global emerging technologies and the digital and data economies. The Threefold architecture is unique in that it enables a decentralised foundational Internet infrastructure empowering our communities with their digital sovereignty while providing access to many economic benefits and equality in the data economy.

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Join IETSA today ( and be part of our pre-launch community as we embark on this ground breaking journey. Whether you aspire to join the emerging technologies space, you are a seasoned emerging technologies professional seeking mentoring opportunities to give back to our society, or an organisation that seeks to enable its next generation of digital workforce, IETSA has something in its offerings to explore.

Registration for the official launch taking place on 30 June 2022 is open. Join conversations with thought leaders and experts in the field as they unpack topics on Web3, metaverse and virtual reality. IETSA Education programmes will resume on 18 July 2022 (Mandela Day), and together we can change the world. In the past six months, IETSA has been working closely with MICT SETA in the curriculum development of some emerging technologies qualifications.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela.

“With this innovative partnership, IETSA and ThreeFold will help South Africans seeking to participate in the next generation of the digital and data economies with the well-defined inclusive benefits derived from emerging technologies, unearthed from the IETSA ethos of “creating access to emerging technologies for all. This will empower all South Africans, for a global stage to participate in the worldwide data and digital economies through skills development and practical real-world programmes that bring about innovative, decentralised solutions across many industries,” said Mpho Machaka, founder and CEO, IETSA.

“We will also enable low-cost access to the decentralised Internet and expand local capacity for training institutions, SMMEs, community training projects and universities, and enable continuous professional development programmes to be delivered to the marketplace,” Machaka added.

“It’s an exciting and innovative partnership and I support this initiative between IETSA and ThreeFold that will provide technology education for South Africans while expanding the decentralised Internet infrastructure and capacity across the country,” said Thabo Mashegoane, chairman of the Africa ICT Alliance (AfICTA).

Next generation
“ThreeFold is proud to support IETSA and their efforts to make the decentralised Internet more accessible in underserved South African communities,” added ThreeFold co-founder Chris Hutton. “It is our mission to help educate and empower the next-generation workforce and inspire a new generation of digital professionals to lead the charge in the Web3 decentralised era and beyond. From a more personal standpoint, as a Threefold co-founder, we are very proud that our technology has already been deployed in 74 countries to date. As a fellow South African, this partnership with IETSA to bring the power of ThreeFold to our country is a special milestone as we embark on a journey in unlocking the full potential of the Internet economy in our beautiful country and continent.”

ThreeFold and IETSA training programmes will be providing skills to enterprises, SMMEs and the public sector. We will work together to create centres of excellence in South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa, to empower a pool of talent from South Africa and across the continent to deliver projects in the global market through the ethos “access to all”.

The Institute of Emerging Technologies of South Africa enables South Africans, including youth, women, persons with disabilities and those seeking to explore ICT as a profession, to participate in the fast and explosive emerging technologies global economy while unlocking new market opportunities for sustainable economic development. Our goal is to build and empower the most sought-after digital skills resources to participate in emerging technologies projects across Africa and globally through our certification and continuous professional development programmes. IETSA’s emerging technologies focus includes blockchain and associated technologies (cryptocurrencies, DeFi, NFTs and the metaverse), Web0, extended reality (virtual, augmented and mixed), ThreeFold decentralised computing, machine learning and IoT.

About ThreeFold
ThreeFold is decentralising the Internet by tapping into the combined processing power of computers worldwide, including servers, desktops and laptops, to create an open-source, peer-to-peer, carbon-negative Internet for the deployment of any current and future technology. By applying blockchain technology to the cloud, ThreeFold solves the security and autonomy issues of the Internet while also allowing the infrastructure to scale to anywhere electricity and networks exist, using less energy and at a more affordable cost than any comparable alternative. The ThreeFold Grid has achieved 86+ petabytes of capacity, 60K+ CPU cores and distribution in 78+ countries and growing. ThreeFold seeks to empower a more equal, autonomous and sustainable world, while incentivising growth in developing regions.