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Tim Genders

Development Executive at Project Isizwe


Tim Genders is the Chief Operating Officer of Project Isizwe. Project Isizwe has deployed the largest free Wi-Fi network in Africa in the Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa.

Tim graduated from Oxford University in 1989 with a first-class honors degree in Engineering Science. Tim came to South Africa in 1994 and set up an IT consulting business with Matthew Blewett. In 2001 they merged with Benjamin and Isaac Mophatlane to become the leading Microsoft re-seller Business Connexion. In 2006, after the merger with Comparex, Tim left Business Connexion to start an NGO with Marcus McGlivary called Africaid. Africaid uses football to develop HIV prevention skills in young adolescents. Africaid is making a major impact at Edendale hospital in a unique partnership with the Department of Health and has sponsors in FIFA, Liverpool FC, and the Charlize Theron Foundation. A year later in 2007, Tim formed Airband with Deon Brown and Gavin Blunt. Airband has grown to be one of the leading wireless players in KZN region. In November 2015 Tim sold Airband to HeroTel linking up with Alan Knott Craig, Junior, and Corne de Villiers. Airband has grown a further 50 percent during the past year whilst Tim stayed on as Managing Director. Tim is now following his passion for free Wi-Fi for Africa in Project Isizwe

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