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Coke turns vending machines into Wi-Fi hotspots in Web-starved South African villages

By Barry Eitel on Sep 29, 2014

Coca-Cola is turning vending machines into Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa. The vending machine project is the latest from the soda brand, which has forged ahead with several initiatives to improve lives in rural and impoverished areas of the world. These projects also serve to provide Coke a sheen of benevolence—the soda is beloved around the globe, but the brand is mired in several controversies, from causing childhood obesity to exploitative business practices. “The initiative forms part of Coca-Cola’s commitment to building sustainable communities by empowering the members of these communities," according to David Visser, the chief information officer of Coca-Cola South Africa. “We believe that by giving them access to free Wi-Fi we will enable students and school children in the area t

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