Tag Archive 'internet'

Aug 29 2012

SA losing the internet race

Published by under More News,Opinion,South Africa

South Africa is losing the internet race on the continent of Africa, thanks to the SA government’s inability to get fast internet to the masses at reasonable prices.

As I’ve said before, this is not an insignificant failure. The internet can generate lots of growth and jobs for the country. Look for instance at this research by the World Bank. Also read this article of mine on the topic.

In the latest issue of The Economist, probably the best magazine in the world, they wrote about the positive influence of the internet on the Kenyan economy. This is a story worth reading. If only to be reminded again of what South Africa and its people are missing out on.

I placed the complete article in a PDF. Please click here: The Economist. (If you get an error, which is likely, then click again, on repeat, that is.)



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Jul 26 2012

It’s to weep for, babe

Published by under More News,Opinion,South Africa

Talk, talk, talk. And nothing happens. That’s the trademark of the South African government. Since I came to Germany 12 years ago, Germany has gone through 4 nationwide broadband-technology updates. Every time the web got faster and cheaper. In this 12-year period SA didn’t get any infrastructure update. Today they’re still promising, and South Africans are still waiting.

Despite the economic growth and jobs the internet could bring. Read the latest views and estimates of the World Bank on that point (here). Then weep.


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Feb 17 2012

It’s the internet, stupid

Published by under South Africa,Top Stories

Sometimes one must shake the head in disbelief and frustration about the South African government and its inability to unlock the job-creating capacity of the economy. [Read on]

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