Extent of access to information and communications technology by the rural population of South Africa

SOURCE: African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2013
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.M.Sithole, C.Moses, Y.D.Davids, S.Parker, J.Rumbelow, N.Molotja, D.Labadarios
KEYWORDS: ACCESS TO INFORMATION, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY, RURAL COMMUNITIES
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 7756

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Abstract

This paper investigates the trends in access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in rural compared to the urban areas of South Africa. Using data from the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) covering the period from 2003 to 2009, the study found that access to both the 'older' and the 'newer' forms of ICTs has remained significantly lower (P < 0.001) in rural areas compared to urban areas. The paper then examines these trends in the context of the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) policies and strategies on the diffusion of science and technology in South Africa.