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 […]

Not so fast — targeted strategies to stop hunger fail to reach one in six children

We need an urgent national conversation about food security in South Africa. For this reason, criticism of the ‘10-best-buys’ proposal, aimed to alleviate child hunger, is a welcome contrast to radio silence from the food industry, which has opted not to engage publicly with this proposal. Encouragingly, Shoprite has just released its Food Index report, […]

Schools must allow parents’ voices to be heard to ensure quality education

In Ganyesa, a small village outside of Vryburg in the North West, Mme Mashego*, an enthusiastic mother to a grade 6 learner, takes pride in going to her son’s school a week before assessments start to encourage learners to study and try their best at school. While Mme Mashego did not finish school, she wants […]

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 […]