South Africa Bans Pictures of President’s House
I found this story that talks about how the South African government has banned the use of photos that were taken of Jacob Zumba’s (South Africa’s presidents) house. I think that the government banning the use of the photos is completely wrong. I don’t understand why they would think that the photos being published would put them at a security disadvantage. I do think that they banned the photos from being published because the South African government doesn’t want their country and the rest of the world to see that the president is living lavishly, while many are still living in horrible conditions. Many South Africans still live in broken down shacks and struggle to get food and clean water.
"The South African government has warned that media outlets publishing photographs of President Jacob Zuma’s house face prosecution."
South Africa To Have Broadband Policy By November
I found this story on a policy in South Africa that is going to help them get broadband to everyone by the year 2020. This is a big deal because this would allow everyone to stay connected and give many the opportunity to learn how to use the internet, computers and smartphones. It will definitely open may doors for South Africa business wise and for leisure use.
"Broadband policy is making headway, the executive of the Department of Communications is working tirelessly in making sure that some version comes out this year before presenting to the ICT industry and Cabinet."
Online Radio In South Africa
I found this story that talks about how online radio in South Africa is starting to pickup. One thing I found interesting was that more South Africans are listening to radio through their phones rather than computers. This is definitely a good sign that South African’s are both trying to stay connected with computers and smart phones.
"New research finds that around 5% of South Africans now listen to the radio online, while approximately 28% listen to radio content on their phones."
South Africa Still Lags In Internet Usage
I found this story that goes into detail on why South African’s aren’t using internet as much as many have thought or hoped. One point that I found interesting in the article was that one of the main reasons as to why South African’s aren’t using internet is because it can be pretty expensive. Even though the rate of internet usage is growing in South Africa, not everyone has the money to stay connected.
"A recent study by the South African Network Society survey - a research organization looking at the social impact of new telecommunications networks and technologies in Africa - found that only 34% of South African adults use the Internet. That’s about 12 million people.”
South Africa Fifth In Africa For Internet Access
I found this story that goes into detail on why South Africa is the fifth most connected country in Africa. It’s a very good sign that South Africa is ranked fifth as one of the most connected countries in Africa. I’m sure the connection rate will only grow and sooner or later they could be number one or number two if they continue to make connection a priority of theirs.
"The report finds that just over a quarter (25.5%) of South African households have internet access, placing the country 5th in Africa and 44th among developing countries for household internet access, and just above the 24% average for the 128 developing countries measured in the report."