Google’s South African Woza Online Gets Over 11,000 Websites In 2 Months
Woza Online is Google’s South African version of Get Nigerian Businesses Online. The company claims it has registered over 11,200 small businesses in the last two months. Getting Businesses Online is an initiative Google launched in over 23 countries worldwide and which launched in Africa last year beginning with Get Nigerian Businesses Online and Getting Kenyan Businesses Online.
The launch of GNBO and GKBO got over 20,000 websites registered within the first 2 months of launch. Woza Online launched in January this year in partnership with South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Vodacom and the Human Resources Development Council.
Google SA Country Manager, Luke Mckend at an event said “With 11,200 websites already published since launch, there is clearly a strong appetite among SMEs [Small and medium-sized enterprises] to get online and take advantage of what the web has to offer”.
Woza Online offers a bunch of free services – an easy-to-build professional website, a free sub-domain name on www.wozaonline.co.za, free hosting, access to free training materials and workshops and a free custom .co.za domain name for the first 10 000 participants in the first year. Seems like the latter part has maxed out.