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Thursday, 2 March, 2017
Quote of the week
"Business as usual won’t bridge the digital divide."
- Elizabeth Migwalla
Comment of the week
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Corruption, #DataMustFall, Opportunities…
In a week that saw a media-led battle between dismissed Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) acting CEO, Collins Letsoalo and the agency’s board over an alleged 350% salary increase, crime monitoring body, Corruption Watch released its 2016 annual corruption report reviewing the past 5 years of reporting.
In 2016, 4 361 corruption reports were received by the organization, an 80% increase from 2015.
Corruption Watch says most of the reports were in relation to fraud in schools, followed by bribery involving road traffic incidents and people blowing the whistle on illegal activity on licensing and immigration related matters.
“2016 was the year in which South Africans decisively and publicly rejected corruption,” commented David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch. “From ordinary voters and community members through to leading public officials and cabinet ministers, there was a groundswell of opposition to corruption and its perpetrators. But the fight is not over by any means. The future of our country rests on our ability to maintain and intensify the pressure exerted in 2016.”
Click here to read the full report.
With the cost of 1GB of data ranging between R99 – R160 depending on which network one subscribes to, the #DataMustFall campaign still continues its fight for lower data costs in South Africa.
Alan Cameron, Senior project manager at The Cape Town Partnership, states, “It's no debate that access to the Internet can increase economic opportunities.”
In this article Cameron explores ideas on how ICT policy affects internet adoption and access in South Africa.
“Focusing on South Africa: between the 2011 South African Census and the 2015 General Household Survey, it was found that the number of households containing at least one person who could get online (via their place of study, work, home or internet cafe) grew an estimated 20% to about 50%.
“Impressive as it may be, it's not enough to make a meaningful impact, as being able to receive a 3G signal on your phone is very different to being able to afford access to the Internet, using it,” he concluded.
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