Small business owner Sozwani Joko felt he wasn’t getting the one vital resource he needed to run his community internet cafe: a strong internet connection.

His services – video conferencing, online faxing, internet training and email address management – were becoming harder to sustain. Not only was his internet connection weak, it was expensive and unreliable. So he decided to cross a border to fix it.

He had heard the Elon Musk-founded internet company, Starlink, was available in Mozambique, so he made the journey from his Inyoni Village outside the South African city of Nelspruit and crossed the border to its capital, Maputo.

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