Internet costing average South Africans 40% of monthly income

The high cost of internet access in South Africa, which is higher than the global average, could serve in limiting citizens' human rights.

The Affordability Report, has recently found that people living in developing countries are being 'priced out' of accessing the internet, at a cost of 40% of their monthly income.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to Indra de Lanerolle and Siya Qoza regarding the matter.

Qoza is the spokesperson to Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele. De Lanerolle is a visiting researcher at University of Witwatersrand, focusing on internet use in Africa.

Listen to the conversation below:

De Lanerolle said the cost of internet connectivity in South Africa is far above the cost of the global average. He insists that internet access is a human right due to developments toward digitising information which alienates people with limited access to technological devices.

The UN sector's targets for broadband says broadband should cost no more than 5% of average income. Average income for South Africa is about R1 000 per month, so that would be R50.

Indra de Lanerolle, Wits University Visiting Researcher

He said government policy is currently in place to make internet access available to South Africans. He said the free wi-fi spots in various cities across the country are an example of the results of national leadership.

We have spent time looking at how best to deliver this connectivity because it must be affordable and it must be sustainable.

Siya Qoza, Telecommunications and Postal Services Spokesperson

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