Factors Affecting Digital Divide in South Africa

In South Africa the digital divide is mainly felt by the upper and lower class es. The upper class people have access to internet which gives them the opportunity to expand their knowledge where the lower class do not have .

Government is trying by all means to bridge the digital divide but I think what is done is not enough because In this country we still have citizens who don’t have their cellphones because they don’t afford to buy one, this is increasing the gap because one most of those people are not working so they are keep on loosing job opportunities since they cannot be contacted.

Solution – South African individuals who don’t have cellphones that can browse internet or who don’t have it at all should be provided so that they may be able to find jobs and browse internet.

People who reside in rural areas are the most victims of digital divide.

According to Business insider SA only 54% of Sou th Africans have access to internet and 30% of that 54% are rural area citizens. The study shows that rural area resident are still behind when it comes to using technology.

Solution – rural area resident shouldn’t be left behind, free Wi -Fi with at least 300MB daily limits should be deployed in rural areas libraries and schools.

Middle -school students from higher socio -economic sectors in South Africa tend to perform better on ICT literacy tests than those from lower socio -economic classes because learners from higher socio -economic classes have more acces s to computers at home and their schools have all the equipment that is needed for ICT literacy skills.

Solution -All scho ols should be equipped with internet connected computers and all teachers should be trained so that they may give students enough te ach.

The deployment of telecommunication centres is not in a good state. In South Africa there are some ar eas where there is no compu ter lab or ordinary library that has computers. People who reside in these areas remain behind with the knowledge of ICT.

Solution – the government should try and find NGO companies that will provide with computers or tablets to residents who don’t have access to ICT.

Internet access is the main core of digital divide. Though the internet people can learn how to use computers, how to do online shopping, they can download books etc. Some South African citizens have r estricted access to the internet while others can use it anytime and anyhow they want to. Those who don’t have access are failing to do many thing that will help them on their lives.

Solution : South African data bundle prices sho uld be cut so that everyone will afford to buy and use internet.

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