StatsSA has unveiled its latest annual household survey today, which is full of terrifying statistics like the fact that one in ten households still doesn’t have access to piped water, and a third of people living in Mpumalanga don’t have access to adequate sanitation at home.
The technological state of the nation isn’t quite as life threatening, but if you go along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s opinion that access to the internet should be a human right, it’s not much more cheery.
According to the survey, the majority of households in South Africa still don’t have any access to the internet at all. Only 48.7% of households “had at least one member who used the internet either at
home, workplace, place of study, or internet cafés”.
Access varies wildly across the country, and is dominated by mobile use. In the Western Cape, for example, 23.8% of households have access through some sort of service directly to their home, and in 49.8% of households at least one person uses a mobile device to access the internet. Gauteng is slightly lower than that – although it has the largest number of people who use internet cafes – while Limpopo is pretty shocking. Just 2.3% of households have internet access at home, and well under a third have access via a mobile phone.
The full table is below.
The figures for total use in a household across all methods of access are below. Only 32.6% of households in Limpopo use the internet at all.
Unsurprisingly, cellphones dominate general telecoms. In total, 82.1% of households had access to a mobile phone, while 12.8% have a landline. A surprising 4.1% have no telecommunications at all.[Image – CC Toujours Passages]