Comment: No question that lack of access to the internet contributes to poverty

University of Cape Town’s newly launched Youth Explorer portal shows how 63% of youths in South Africa do not have internet access at home, with Gauteng being the only province where those with access are in the majority as only 48% of youth lack internet access at home.

The Eastern Cape is most affected with 76%.

702's Xolani Gwala reflects on this and other ways internet access excludes South Africans from economic activity.

There are a number of reasons around this, I remember a study by Icasa, and they said that the main reasons many South Africans do not have access to internet at home relates to a lack of interest and skills.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

But a number of experts are saying that the high price of broadband is one of the key reasons why we have low internet penetration in South Africa so essentially what needs to be addressed are low digital literacy and this issue of higher price of broadband... how do we turn this around?

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

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