Moepi is a Johannesburg-based social tech-preneur and founder of Let’s Talk – an app aimed at connecting citizens with their municipality. His 17 years of experience in the IT industry covers commercial and multinational organisations. In 2013 he shadowed a Mayor in the Free State to understand citizen engagement between municipalities and communities in the delivery of services. During this time, he Identified a gap between residents and municipalities in service provisioning. He then undertook a 54-month research project with the Mayors and councillors around designing a technological solution to the problem of citizens getting access to municipal services and closing the feedback loop. In addition, Moepi worked with the Free State MEC at the Department of Economic Development to develop an app to enable SMMEs to apply for Covid-19 relief funding at the height of the pandemic. Through the app over 3000 applications for SMMEs and informal traders to access Covid-19 relief funding were processed. The app is expected to be rolled out nationally through the DPSA. In 2018 Let’s Talk won the UNDP SDG16 competition.
Moepi shared that the Let’s Talk App aims to spread their footprint and capacity to branch into other South African provinces through this partnership with ALSA, but in addition, ALSA could also benefit as it could leverage of off Let’s Talk’s network of government officials doing honourable work in public service. Currently, Let’s Talk is in discussions with the Namibian Prime Minister’s office to sell software for connecting regions, managing service related issues and managing accurate external communication on things like service outages.