Good News : South Africa is looking at giving free data to citizens – similar to water and electricity

South Africa is considering giving free basic data to low-income users, similar to the stipends that it currently offers for water and electricity.

This is according to the national infrastructure plan published by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) this week, which focuses on the government’s planned developments in the next three years.

The plan also states that high-speed broadband will be available and accessible in every community by 2023/24.

“The majority of mobile subscribers are pre-paid, at a cost significantly higher than for postpaid (contract),” the DPWI said. “For example, in 2020, the cost of 1GB prepaid data was…more than double that for postpaid data.”

The DPWI also acknowledged that there has been very poor progress in the digital enabling of government services, which it says will be improved through broadband penetration.

“Importantly, the digitisation of government services could be used to improve the quality of service delivery, reduce costs to the fiscus, and access marginalised and remote areas and communities.

“E-services have the potential to reduce the cost of living of citizens, for instance by reducing or eliminating the need to travel and queue for many government services.”

Full Story and Source : Businesstech.co.za

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