Zero-rating of mobile data. The time to act is NOW!

Zero-rate the content of public benefit organisations Mobile network operators must fulfil their legal obligations to zero-rate. Don’t let them leave South Africans on read. Zero-rating can help address inequality. South Africa, like many other nations, is grappling with how to bridge the digital divide, where unequal access to mobile internet and smartphones has significant […]

Why an obligation to provide South Africans with free public benefit content has stalled.

An obligation placed on South Africa’s biggest mobile network operators (MNOs) to start providing free access to content from public benefit organisations (PBO) has stalled because discussions with the communications regulator are yet to be finalised. This obligation was created following last year’s successful spectrum auction, where Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Rain, Cell C and Liquid […]

Fight looming over zero rating in South Africa

The DG Murray Trust believes significant educational progress can be made in under-resourced schools in South Africa if only telecommunications operators would play ball. The trust wants educational and other websites “zero-rated” so that access to online resources is available to everyone at no cost. Having digital content zero-rated is a major advantage because it democratises access to information […]

eNCA Interview: Zero-rating – Making information accessible to everyone

eNCA Interview: Zero-rating – Making information accessible to everyone

  In a recent discussion on eNCA, DGMT CEO David Harrison laid out a vision of connectivity and opportunity for South Africa. He made it clear: the door is open for mobile network operators (MNOs) to join DGMT’s Social Innovation Register and begin zero-rating public benefit organisations (PBOs). Zero-rating isn’t just about free data—it’s a […]

Hands-on Learning Issue 25

Through the newly rebranded edition of our Hands-on Learning publication developed in June 2023, we hope to play a helpful role in synthesising information from innovators and implementers in civil society, supporting them to share what they have learnt so that others are able to draw from and build on their experiences. Blended learning: When […]

Learning Brief – Community development in Lesedi & Letsatsi: Lessons on partnership – DGMT’s Place-based Synergies

To improve developmental outcomes in economically depressed communities, we need holistic investment from womb to adulthood. This investment aims to bridge opportunity gaps and establish pathways toward self-sufficiency. The involvement of DGMT’s place-based synergies team in the Lesedi Solar Park Trust (Lesedi) and the Letsatsi Solar Park Trust (Letsatsi) aims to assess and showcase the […]

Let’s have an honest conversation about the link between booze and GBV

Government and South African men both need to step up and address the link between alcohol abuse and gender-based violence in South Africa. The rate at which women are killed by intimate partners in South Africa is five times higher than the global average. Gender-based violence (GBV) is an indictment of our nation. The relationship between […]

The Perspectives Series: Does the food system perpetuate inequality?

South Africa boasts many policies that have tried to overcome the inequalities of nutrition outcomes and household food security. However,  with rising food prices, climate change and a lack of human capital development, we urgently need to reform the food system so that it delivers nutritious food for everyone. Live on LinkedIn, as we asked […]

Spotlight on youth alcohol abuse.

Spotlight on youth alcohol abuse.

South Africa’s alcohol consumption culture has been in the spotlight since last year’s Enyobeni tavern tragedy in East London. It has awakened calls to amend the Liquor Bill. Mgwebi Msiya, EC Liquor Board Spokesperson and Nickolaus Bauer weigh in. Watch the full interview below.