Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Identifying Opportunities to Drive Demand for ICT in South Africa

2012
Research Report. Human Sciences Research Council
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This report is part of the Vision 2020 process of the Department of Communications. It reports on a three-part analysis of the links between ICT investment and job creation in South Africa. It reviews barriers to broadband usage, assesses demographic trends, and offers a global review of demand-side interventions. The presentation suggests a three-pronged strategy for the country: • Enabling individual digital citizenship: South Africa should build a critical mass of users by addressing two main barriers – affordability and content. • Promoting the growth of key ICT-enabled industries and the efficiency of major industries: Two key users are particularly attractive – SMEs and government. • Providing leadership in key ICT industries (content, services, and applications): Investment should be aligned with broader goals to develop a critical mass of users in the short term.

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