SA Promises to Cut Data Costs

South Africa follows growing number of African countries slashing data prices

The promise by South African president Jacob Zuma last week during his State of the Nation Address (SONA 2017) that the government is looking at ways to reduce the cost of data packages adds to a growing number of countries on the continent that have announced their intention to lower data prices.

Nigeria and Ghana have already vowed to take similar action, while steps to increase costs have since been reversed in Zimbabwe following public outcry.

Zuma told parliamentarians and South Africans watching his televised address that the government will slash costs. "We assure the youth that the lowering of the cost of data is uppermost in our policies and plans," he said.

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