Invitation to Internet Cafe workshop

At iWeek 2004 I delivered a ground breaking presentation: “The State of the Internet Cafe industry in South Africa.” Since that time I’ve received numerous queries from people who want to set-up cyber cafes and I’ve not always had my ducks in a row. However, I’ve continued to gather information on this topic and consulted here and there with some clients who set-up cafe’s from scratch.

One of the outcomes is which is still in beta – so your feedback is welcome.

Recently I met an amazing young black guy, Terrence Mohlala, who has a Internet cafe business offering and I’m helping him to develop this further into a more complete solution. Hey mainly sells computer hardware and does some basic end-user training from his own Internet cafe in Joburg.

Today we had agreed on a joint venture where I will offer research and marketing to his clients and I will refer all the queries to him from the iWeek presentation mentioned above. Our aim here is to bring this to the widest possible audience i.e. the Internet cafe as a viable small business.

I’ve always believed the more Internet cafes means more Internet users, which leads to more economic growth over the medium term. Professor Hans Rosling produces evidence for a direct link between Internet access and economic success in his 2006 presentation at TED.

So on Saturday, 24 March @9am we’re hosting an open workshop for people interested in starting Internet Cafe’s at the following venue: 2nd Floor, 58 Marshall Street, 3rd Floor, Johannesburg

Its easy to book your seat for these workshops by calling 082 9407137.


Author: RJ Thomas

RJ Thomas is an International Relationship Builder. He was born in South Africa, and moved to China in 2013.

  • im new at the internet cafe industry, my father just bought it 6 months back and the is ths guy who is working here but he claims many things like he saying that he bought gigabites, paid telkom too many bills so it seems like it doesnt make money this thing, but i realy like it, i dont want my father to close it.
    at the end of february i desided to go and work there,the thing is i dont have more knowledge about recharging or paying internet bills.
    please help me.

  • Mervyn

    hi im interested in the small business of internet cafe how does one get started and wher does oone get the direction etc etc ect …

  • Your questions will be answered shortly. I’ve collected all the information and just need to organise it into an easy to understand steps and I’ll post it on this blog.

  • Shun Padayachy

    I am interested in starting an internet cafe in my area. How does one get started. What factors do I need to take into consideration to get this venture started.

  • Anyone interested in notification on new workshops and related resources should sign up to the Internet Cafe Directory website. Register a s user on this site to gain access to posting reviews, submitting new listings of cybercafe’s and also participating in a web forum I’m relaunching this year.